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A design proposal calls for building the world’s largest underwater habitat — a deep-sea version of the International Space Station

A design proposal calls for building the world’s largest underwater habitat — a deep-sea version of the International Space Station

Aylin Woodward Sep 11, 2020, 12:43 PM

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A rendering of Fabien Cousteau’s proposed Proteus underwater habitat. 
  • Fabien Cousteau, grandson of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has designed an underwater habitat that, would be the world’s largest and most advanced.
  • The design calls for a research station named Proteus 60 feet deep in the Caribbean, near Curaçao.
  • If realized, Proteus could help scientists study the impacts of climate change and plastic pollution, among other aspects of marine biology.
  • Cousteau envisions Proteus as an underwater version of the International Space Station. Astronauts could even train there.
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Jacques Cousteau was a pioneer oceanographer and the inventor of the first scuba-diving gear. Now, his grandson, Fabien Cousteau, hopes to build the world’s largest underwater habitat.

The younger Cousteau recently revealed designs for Proteus: a two-story, 4,000-square-foot structure named after the Greek sea god. The proposal calls for an underwater research station 10 times bigger than the existing Aquarius Reef Base, which sits off the coast of the Florida Keys.

For now, it’s just a concept: Cousteau is looking to raise $135 million to build Proteus 60 feet deep off the coast of Curaçao, in a protected area of the Caribbean. He envisions it as “the underwater version of the International Space Station.”

Cousteau worked with designer Yves Béhar and his firm, fuseproject, to sketch out the proposed resear

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