Friday, January 10, 2014

VIERS and Tektite

Just up the gully from Great Lameshur Bay is the Virgin Islands Research Station.  It's an awesome Eco-Camp.  Click the link before to learn more.

On the grounds they had the Project Tektite Underwater habitat Museum.
Big painting of Tektite greets you as you walk in the door

Model of Tektite

What?  You don't know what that is?  Neither did we.  It was a join project of the Dept of Interior, Navy, NASA and GE.  They built an underwater habitat for research.  Operated in 1969 and 1970.

This little museum is located in one of their small camp buildings (much like their cabins).  Some guy pointed the way - "Door is unlocked.  Just to the right, inside the door you will find the light switches.  Please switch them all back off when you leave."  They ask for a small donation of $3 each.  It was well worth the $6 as it was fascinating.  We took our time, wondering around the exhibit. 
Underwater dive gear - very bleeding edge for the time

Okay - I know I ask you to click a lot of links for more info, but if you feeling lazy below are the basics from the plaques inside the museum.  I know....boring.  Now maybe you will use the links I give you!


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