The Forgotten Women Aquanauts of the 1970s

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Wonderful piece from Atlas Obscura about the female scientists who completed an underwater research mission at Tektite in the 1970s.

“We performed admirably,” Szmant says, of the 14 days she and her colleagues spent living and working in a submerged laboratory known as Tektite more than fifty years ago. “We spent more hours in the water doing science than any of the male groups.”

Of course, Szmant and her fellow aquanauts never set out to prevail in a submarine battle of the sexes. They were there for the scientific opportunities—and for the adventure. And although the Tektite project may be little remembered today, its impact on research, exploration and the history of women in science has been quietly profound.

More details here.

The Tektite II mission recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with Tektite2020 Women of Sea and Space Online Webinar, which you can watch on YouTube.


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