Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A Day in the Life of An Aquanaut - Part II

This article - A Day in the Life of an Aquanaut Part II - is the second in a two part article from

It was our experience that food becomes very important in an undersea habitat. It is interesting that the astronauts have also reported the same phenomenon. One begins to look forward to meal times with an anticipation that is quite unlike the ho-hum scheduling of meals on land.

We had snacks that we dubbed “aquanaut” bars – in reality they were Kudo bars. And one meal in particular we dubbed the "aquanaut meal” which was a can of chunky chicken dumped on a saucer, layered with a thick slice of provolone cheese. Popped in a microwave for a minute and it was quick, efficient and delicious. Claudia and I still make them!

At night, the lights of the habitat shine out the moon pool which attracts small minnow sized fish we called “silversides”. They were attracted to the light and the larger fish were attracted to them. If the silver sides are chased, they will “leap” through the air and sometimes strand themselves on the deck of the moon pool. One aquanaut picked a couple of freshly landed silversides, placed them on a cracker and popped them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. He swore they tasted exactly like sardines!

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