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. I will be writing a detailed account of the dive over the next few days, which will be illustrated with photographs taken by a remarkable digital camera (Kodak DCS 420) and will feature 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 several parts: (parts 2-5 will be available soon)
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 ) (301) 286-9428
Todd Carlo Viola, JASON Foundation for Education (todd@jason.org)
Revised: 16 April 1996