These People Are Leaving Earth As We Know It For 31 Days, And You Probably Don’t Even Know About It

Lori White Curator:

If you’re the type, like me, to get super excited about anyone boldly going where no one has gone before, get excited about this. Water astronauts! (OK, OK — aquanauts.) There’s so much earth to explore!

They have built an underwater habitat, they are live-streaming the whole thing, and they’re even getting dreamy actors to visit.

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Ian: Yeah, get wet!

Greg: My dive buddy is Ian Sumerhalder, and he's a good friend, and we have wanted to go diving together. This is our first adventure of many.

Ian: I love it! Yes.

For me this is a huge dream. I mean, this is an amazing, amazing component of what we get to do, and I'm grateful that they wanted me to be here. My goal is to have as many people watching this and understanding what's going on here. Without the health of these oceans, we have nothing. There is no green without blue. I'm really looking forward to going down there and hanging out with Fabian and his famous crew,. It's going to be awesome.

Fabian: Hey!

Ian: This is incredible!

Fabian: Great to meet you, Fabian Gusteau.

Ian: Great to meet you, man, thank you for having me here.

Fabian: Yeah, my pleasure.

Ian: What's up guys, mostly gals?

Fabian: So basically, you just walked through what's the dry lab, and now you're getting into the main part of our living quarters.

Ian: Wow.

Fabian: Nice and cozy.

Ian: The most under-utilized, undervalued, and under-tapped resource in our world are our youth. Yet they're going to be running the world and they make up half our population, so why wouldn't we give them the tools to do that? I want to take this expertise from these incredible people, from both Dr. Greg and Dr. Sylvia Earle, and really, really, again, take that information and turn it into quantifiable change.

That is what's so unbelievably exciting about this whole thing, is that we actually get to do this through science, entertainment, and social media. That's the only thing I know how to do is leveraging entertainment value and using social media to create that quantifiable change, and that is why I'm so excited to be here with my brother, Greg Stone, and Sylvia Earle, who is just Mother Ocean, and this entire incredible team.

Unbelievable, man. I've done some pretty cool things. That's definitely the coolest thing I've ever done.

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This video about the amazing Mission 31, which is launching a crew of aquanauts to a habitat on the bottom of the ocean to live for 31 days. Their leader is Jaques Cousteau’s grandson! And yes, they have a live stream. Yes, they will be on Twitter the whole time. I know!

This clip about their mission features actor Ian Somerhalder visiting the undersea habitat. Yes, it’s basically like an actor visiting spacemen on the moon, but instead of the moon, it's the bottom of the awesome awesome ocean.

Jun 25, 2014

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