Between 1969-1970, a landmark human experiment took place in a small, four room habitat, submerged 15m (50 ft) in Great Lameshur Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Called Tektite, this unique government-industry-university cooperative undertaking became the first underwater laboratory offering dozens of scientists and engineers the chance to live and work on the seafloor for periods of two to four weeks. The most famous aquanauts were the all-women members of Tektite II’s Mission 6. In the strongly male-dominated world of diving, the fine performance of these women paved the way for the inclusion of other women in future undersea and space missions. Documentary filmmakers of the upcoming film Tektite Revisisted host six pioneering Tektite aquanauts, including the four original Mission 6 team members and reflect on the significance of the Tektite Project, the momentous Mission 6 and its continuing influence on the world of exploration today.
Welcome to Tektite2020 a mix of live presentations and performances free online here 17-18 July 2020. This event was initiated and hosted by Dr Sarah Jane Pell and Dr. Tierney Thys and enthusiastically welcomed by the Tektite II Team. Web content includes reflection and reporting on the 50th Anniversary of Mission 6, and presentations by leading Sea and Space professionals on the most recent exploration, achievements and pressing issues today. Outcomes will help set the vision for the next 50-years commencing with a 10-day all-women undersea mission at Aquarius Reef Base in 2021. Attendees share in the celebrations, share in knowledge, new perspectives and tools to transform the ocean world for a better future!