What we learned

The Tektite Documentary Program

Tektite II's program offered training and education opportunities to over 360 university students. Thirty diving technicians from Highline Community College, Seattle, Washington, received months of experience as support divers as part of their two-year training program in commercial diving. (link to photo page) About 35 psychology students from the University of Texas received training in field data collection and analysis techniques (by kristopher tests forge online). In addition to the aquanauts, the Tektite II program provided an open-sea training school for 296 student ocean science technicians working from an oceanographic research vessel (name). These programs and their results are described in Miller, VanDerwalker and Waller (1971).

The habitat arrived from Philadelphia on a Navy ship (what kind, name) on March 7, 1970. For the next 12 days, preparations were made for emplacing the habitat on the seafloor, again at the saturation depth of 43 feet (131.1 m). The program immediately ran into what seemed an insurmountable obstacle: due to the lack of lifting devices, 80 tons of steel punchings had to be loaded by hand into the ballast compartments. This mammoth job was completed with the application of old-fashioned muscle power and on March 19, the emplacement was accomplished (Miller, VanDerwalker and Waller, 1971). The rest of the system components were received, installed and checked out during the next 2 weeks. To facilitate assembly, the decompression barge was made ready on the nearby island of St. Thomas. The system finally was assembled and completely checked. The breathing mixtures used in Tektite II were the same as those used in Tektite I: 92% nitrogen and 8% oxygen.