Coming to PBS’s American Experience today, Monday, February 11:

Stephen Ives

American Experience (February 2019)

The story of the pioneering US Navy project which expanded the limits of deep sea diving.

Even as America’s astronauts were inspiring the country with their brave exploration of the final frontier, another group of pioneers were poised to challenge another great unknown – the unforgiving and dangerous deeps of the ocean. As revealed in Stephen Ives’ informative film, these aquanauts were part of Sealab, an experimental project conceived by Dr George Bond, a rural Appalachian doctor on a mission to expand humans’ ability to explore the ocean by expanding our ability to endure the pressures of the ocean floor and to successfully escape its dangers. Under Bond’s leadership, the program successfully broke deep sea diving records and trained the next generation of undersea explorers, though a tragic accident unfortunately led to its premature conclusion. While following in the standard American Experience mode, the doc impresses with its archival footage as it reveals the largely forgotten story of Sealab.


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