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Grace Young ’14 Spends a Summer Undersea

  • October 21, 2014

Grace waves to Mission 31 team members inside the Aquarius habitat during a research dive from the surface at the beginning of the mission. 


From left, camera man Brian Hall, Fabien Cousteau, and Grace sit around the kitchen table inside Aquarius, celebrating Jacques Cousteau’s birthday. 


Grace works outside Aquarius, connected to the habitat by an umbilical (in yellow) attached to her 30-pound helmet. The umbilical includes a communications line and an air supply, eliminating the need for a heavy scuba tank. She carries just a small tank on her back for emergencies. 


Just another day working at the undersea “office.” Here, Grace and Fabien set up the new Edgertronic high-speed camera, capable of up to 18,000 frames per second, to film sea creatures’ movements. Doc Edgerton and Jacques Cousteau worked together on ocean exploration technology, and Grace continued the tradition of collaboration, working with the MIT Edgerton Center throughout the mission. 


Grace stands below Aquarius, fully suited up in hard-hat diving gear. Living in an environment where the inside air pressure matched the surrounding water pressure, she and her colleagues spent all day researching in the ocean, collecting years’ worth of data. 


Grace walks underneath Aquarius. The habitat is a living reef, teeming with life. 

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