Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum


Project Tektite was an underwater habitat and research project which was conducted in 1969 and 1970. The experiment not only provided opportunities for marine research, particularly on the behavior and ecology of reef fauna and reef sedimentology, but also provided data for a variety of behavioral, biomedical and engineering studies.

The project title, Tektite, borrows the name from small meteorites (tektites) that survive the fiery plunge through the earth's atmosphere and often come to rest on the ocean floor. The name symbolically linked the program's oceanographic and space scientific interests.

Project Tektite I was sponsored jointly by the U. S. Department of the Interior, U. S. Navy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the General Electric Company with support from many other organizations including VIERS staff.

Project Tektite I seafloor program was conducted by four aquanauts from February 15 to April 15, 1969. The duration of the program was to be 60 days, equivalent to space missions planned for the future and by far the longest saturation dive to date.?Project Tektite II was conducted by 53 aquanauts in eleven missions lasting 13 to 20 days each from April 4 to November 6, 1970.

The base camp cabins were built in October and November 1968 by the U.S. Navy Seabees (by kristopher tests forge online). At the completion of Project Tektite 1, the base camp was transferred to the University of the Virgin Islands to expand the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS). In 2006, the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum was established at VIERS.


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