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It's the last day at the Museum to see the Exosuit, the newest generation of atmospheric dive systems, which can take a person down to 1,000 feet below the surface of the sea, and keeps the pilot protected from the effects of pressure. 

Exosuit in Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

© AMNH/R. Mickens


The only such suit currently in existence, the Exosuit is made of aluminum alloy, weighs 530 pounds (while on land), and has 18 moveable joints that allow the pilot to maneuver it while inside.

Test-fitting the Exosuit

Museum dive safety officer Michael Lombardi test-fits the Exosuit.

Photography by Jim Clark


 The Exosuit is on display in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, amid wonderful exhibits of deep-sea organisms like those researchers may study using the suit.

MHOL lanternfishes

Learn more about lanternfishes and the deep sea in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the Museum. 

© AMNH


Later this summer, Museum researchers and others will explore the deep oceans about 100 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, a region that marks a precipitous drop from the continental shelf to depths of more than 10,000 feet. The Exosuit will allow the science team to conduct studies in the mid-water, or mesopelagic, zone. Many animals, including those that bioluminesce—that is, generate visible light through a chemical reaction—migrate vertically through this zone at night as they move from the abyss to shallower waters. 

And don't miss tonight's (Wednesday, March 5) SciCafe Into the Abyss: New Frontiers in Deep Sea Exploration featuring members of the Exosuit team. Curator John Sparks, Research Associate David Gruber (CUNY), and Research Associate Vincent Pieribone (The Pierce Laboratory-Yale) will describe some of their earlier deep-sea discoveries.  

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