Aquarius is currently the only working undersea laboratory in the world. It's located just off the Florida Keys and is about the size of a school bus. There are enough bunk beds, three stacked on each side, for six aquanauts to stay at one time.
The Magnificent Exterior
Aquarius is a "global asset providing an unparalleled means" to study the ocean enabling "an ideal combination of research, education and outreach that is both vital and timely given the state of our global ecosystem and societal needs."
Just Another Day at the (Ocean) "Office"
Being saturated, however, also means that we can no longer just swim to the surface. In a few days, we'll need to decompress for 18 hours before returning topside. Fellow aquanaut Adam explained his decompression experience from the first half of the mission, and here's a video from the mid-mission switch describing what's involved in decompression that's necessary before we return to the surface.
Amazing Views (every minute) from the Viewport
Here are some views from the viewport. The views change every moment, but are always magnificent. Can you imagine this view out your window everyday/hour?
The Life-Sustaining Mechanics of Aquarius
Take a look at A Few Snapshots from Yesterday in Aquarius, my previous post.