The USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier, was intentionally sunk off California in 1951, and on Monday evening Eastern time, viewers can tune intoNautiluslive.org to watch scientists explore the ship, which sits in 2,600 feet of water and is reportedly in good shape. The dive is slated to begin between 7 and 9 pm, EDT.
Launched in 1942, the Independence served in the Pacific during the war, carrying planes that attacked Japanese forces. It was even torpedoed, in 1944, but managed to stay afloat, and was repaired.
But after the war ended, the 622-foot-long carrier was subject to nuclear blasts at Bikini Atoll, part of undertaking called Operation Crossroads. The explosions were as close as 560 and 1390 yards to the ship, which eventually, after the tests, was intentionally sunk in what is now the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary near California.