National Geographic : 1965 Apr
our little house. It is the voice of reason, how ever, and we obey. After that comes the routine of going up again: the elevator sealed, the needle of the depth indicator coming down across familiar figures, the water growing lighter. Then the cylinder dances on the surface, and we are hoisted aboard (pages 544-5). Happy faces peer in at us through the port holes. The cook announces a steak dinner to celebrate our return. Our cylinder is joined to the larger deck decompression chamber with its two cots and its air locks that permit supplies to be passed in to us-and a doctor, when necessary (page 544). Then we drink our first iced drinks, eat our steaks, and crawl into our cots. I stay in mine so long and return so often that some one suggests changing the name of our project from "Man-in-Sea" to "Man-in-Bed." Project Man-in-Sea goes well. Ed Link has triumphed again. We have stayed, Jon and I, longer at greater depth than anyone before us. We have set a new record. But what is more senseless under the sea than a "record"? Key to Success: Useful Undersea Work What we have accomplished is something else. We have lived in the depths-in ques tionable comfort, but at least in security. We have gone out and worked. To be sure, we paid for our two deep days with four days of decompression. But if we had stayed two weeks or two months, the decompression time would have been the same. Our successors will stay in the depths that long and longer. They will colonize the sea floor, cultivating its resources instead of pil laging them. Tomorrow the colonist will sur vey his bottom land through the porthole of his sea-ranch kitchen while a coffeepot sim mers on the stove. THE END Only a few more hours to freedom. Lindbergh (left) and Stenuit (right) answer Dr. MacInnis's questions about their experiences. At this moment pressure in the chamber equals that of 30 feet of water. Thus Dr. MacInnis can enter and leave freely without undergoing decompression. Not so the divers, who must complete the process to rid their bodies of all the gases dissolved under pressure in their blood.