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  • To boldy go where no one has gone before

    Conservation, Science, Tourism

    Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before. Most of us know this sequence read by the captain of the space ship Enterprise at the start of every single Star Trek episode. It gave us this nice feeling of being out there, hope.

    In the fifties and sixties of the last century, during the dawn and the exciting first years of the space-age, ocean exploration was an exciting and well funded endavour gaining a lot of public attention; publications on tv, articles in newspapers, dedicated issues of Time magazine. The scientists and explorers involved were heros and seen as film stars; Cousteau and Picard were household names. Discoveries were daily business and record breaking events a weekly occurance. The future was grand with underwater cities where humans would live and work for months or even years.

    Today's world is much less spectacular, underwater habitats can be counted on one finger and the only humans living below the surface of the sea for extended times are the ones employed on military nuclear submarines. Many of the old leading figures, like Cousteau, become conservationist and moved on to protection instead of use. Science also moved, to to simpler more directly applicable applications like remote controlled robots and eco-system monitoring. While still a lot of good work is performed the days of a grand human visionary sub-sea future are over.

    Saturday, while enjoying an absolutely great day out, I found some interesting National Geographics' from 1954, 1963 and 1966 in my favourite bookstore. As I'm probably going to lose the paper copies again I've scanned some articles featuring enchanting futuristic sub sea exploration. Have a look, the articles are pretty cool and make a great read!


    Workers are preparing the undersea station Conshelf Three for a short submerged visit to the bottom of the Mediterranean near Monaco, 1966.

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