Tektite2020 is a mix of live central-stage presentations with Sea Space professionals and artists from around the globe.
On July 17-18, 2020 your host Dr. Sarah Jane Pell with co-hosts Dr. Tierney Thys and Joe Grabowsky pay special tribute to the
Tektite II Mission 6 all-women Aquanaut crew. Web content includes a Keynote panel with the original Aquanauts, reporting on
the State of the Art in Sea Space exploration, hearing the calls for action, and discussing recommendations for the next 50years.
Attendees share in knowledge, new perspectives and tools to transform the ocean world for a better future!
Since time immemorial, outer space and the ocean have been sources of mystery and intrigue. We have long wondered what lies beyond our planet in the stars above and what lies below within the salty ocean waters. This quest brings together artists, scientists, engineers and visionaries. For the first time, on July 20, 1969, astronauts walked on the moon and looked back on Earth with new eyes. One year later in July 1970, an intrepid group of four scientists and an engineer became the first all-female team of aquanauts to live undersea for 10 days. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the momentous all female mission Tektite 2 Mission 6, the 51st anniversary of the Apollo landing, and the first time that a woman has reached the full ocean depth. We invite you to join us on 17th and 18th July in celebrating where women in sea and space have come in the past 50 years and where they are going in the next 50. With a phenomenal line-up of presenters, including the original Tektite all-female Aquanaut Team, and NASA Astronauts this event is not to be missed.
On June 6th 2020, the first woman to walk in space also became the first woman to make a round-trip voyage to the Challenger Deep—the deepest part of the ocean. From Leonardo da Vinci’s sub sketches to later day diving bells and modern-day subs, our designs for diving deep have continually evolved. We haven’t just wanted to visit the depths: we have wanted to stay! We’ve wanted to persist long enough to experience and explore the undersea world. Eventually in the early 1960s, scientists began conducting saturation diving experiments. They wanted to test human ability to live in specially designed submerged habitats for days, even months, at a time. This research would lay essential groundwork not only for extended undersea living but also for extended living in outer space. We celebrate the work of these pioneering men and women. Their work inspires us to look to the future and ask what can we learn?