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Notes from Tom Clifton, about the photo in Flickr:

The Tektite habitat at the bottom of Lamshure Bay, St John, US VI. Photo by Ed Clifton 1969. I have included this photo in the Meteor, Meteorites, and Tektites pool for obvious reasons. What might not be obvious is why it was called Tektite. This is second hand, so I apologize if I missed something:

The story behind the naming the habitat goes something like this. The original design came out of GE’s space division and someone at GE figured that it could work as an marine habitat. When working on what to name it, they came across the definition of a tektite as something from space that lands on the ocean floor.

Tektite Habitat ~ Originally uploaded by Tom Clifton (more…)

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Letters from the seafloor

Originally uploaded by Tom Clifton

I was a ‘shrinklet’ (behavior observer) on Project Tektite 2, and was assigned there when the 2nd letter was postmarked (May 8, 1970). One of my secondary duties involved shuttling items to and from the habitat, command van, and base camp. There’s a possibility that I (or one of my fellow UT Austin peons) delivered the letter to base camp, to speed it on its way. Far Out!

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2010 Updates: See the Tektite Exhibit in Second Life at The Abyss Observatory; the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum; Project Tektite 40th Anniversary Reunion in Lameshur Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands, November 6, 2010. (end date)

2009 Updates: Wikipedia Articles about Tektite I and II and Tektite Gallery Page

Project Tektite 40th Anniversary Reunion at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS) on February 15, 2009 (begin date)

Project Tektite was an oceanographic research project conducted in 1969-1970 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The fall and winter of 2007 seem to be dedicated to searching for information about my life and activities 40 years ago. One of the events in my life as a young man that has influenced my professional and personal life, was my participation in 1970 in the Tektite II project.  I have reconnected with one of my colleagues in Tektite, Kenny Meyer, and in my cerfing the web for more information, I found this excellent photo on Flickr.com, taken by aquanaut Ed Clifton, whom I have never met. Further research actually found a description of the beginnings of the project in 1969, from a personal view, by the photographer of this photo and aquanaut who was involved in Tektite from the beginning. Tektite Habitat Uploaded by Tom Clifton

An Evening on a Tropical Beach by Ed Clifton (Tektite I & II) (more…)

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