Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 will break new ground in ocean exploration. He will attempt to live underwater for 31 days. His grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, held a similar legacy. The elder Cousteau is credited with creating the first ocean floor habitats for humans, and lived and worked underwater aboard Conshelf Two for 30 days.
Aquarius lab is 30 feet deeper than Conshelf Two, and every moment of the mission will be broadcast to present to the world the adventure, risk, wildlife, and beauty of the underwater world.
Northeastern University Mission 31 Involvement
Northeastern University is involved with Mission 31 because of the unique opportunity to reach out to the world stage in science and sustainability. During this mission we are also celebrating women in science. Between June 16 and July 2, a team from Northeastern University will be leading the scientific aspects of the mission. During this timeframe, Northeastern’s Marine Science Center Dive Master Elizabeth Magee and MIT’s Grace Young will be the saturating divers at Aquarius. Additionally, this time will feature research projects from distinguished Ph.D. students Allison Matzelle and Amanda Dwyer, and reports by Morgan Helmuth, a teenager interning with Mark Patterson. All of these women will be providing their personal accounts on the mission, the science, and the experience under the sea. In participating in this mission and having so many women involved in it, we hope to continue to encourage our current generation of female scientists and empower our next generation towards science, innovation, and sustainability.
Because of the duration of this unprecedented mission, the science conducted by the aquanaut team for the Science Advisory Team (SAT) is specifically designed to leverage the length of the observational period, which encompasses a lunar cycle.
The aquanauts will gather data in six areas:
- coral ecophysiology
- sponge activity patterns and diet
- demersal and pelagic zooplankton availability on the reef
- geophysical structure of the water column
- geological bedform creation and maintenance
- sponge genomic diversity
Mission 31 is about more than staying under water for a month, its center is science. While on site, the aquanauts and surface team from Northeastern University will be doing experiments, gathering data, and continuing their research. You can learn alongside them with help from Cerego.