JASON VII: Adapting to a Changing Sea

The NR- 1 Submarine

A Dive on the NR-1
April 10, 1996

by gene carl feldman

On Wednesday, April 10, 1996, I was lucky enough to participate in an all day dive to the bottom of the sea on the Navy's nuclear research submarine, the NR-1. Along with me on the dive was Jonathan Howland of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Below are links to a detailed account of the dive which is illustrated with photographs taken by a remarkable digital camera that was most graciously lent to me by the good folks at Kodak in cooperation with the editors of Popular Science Magazine, and features sounds actually recorded during the dive. In addition to showing you some of the features of this incredible submarine, I hope to give you a glimpse of what life is like for the crew members of the "world's finest deep submersible".

The story is divided into five parts:
at sunrise
"...upon a
floating island"
the NR-1
It's the
little things
The world's
largest aquarium

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Gene Carl Feldman (gene@seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov)
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