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Cave Diving and Ice Diving in Space December 12, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Miscellany.
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I’ve mentioned one of my favourite web resources, TED, in a previous post, but I just watched one of the talks on the site by engineer and adventurer Bill Stone that was particularly interesting.

Here’s an excerpt from his bio on Ted. “Engineer and daredevil explorer Bill Stone is obsessed with discovery. After years of crawling through the deepest unexplored caves on the planet, he’s building robots to go where he can’t. His company Stone Aerospace built DepthX, an autonomous robot, which descended 1,099 feet down Mexico’s deepest watery sinkhole. By 2008 he’ll send an enhanced machine through the ice of Lake Bonney in the Antarctic. But that’s just a test for the real mission, building a probe with Nasa to bore through miles of ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa, then swim through the buried Europan sea in search of alien life.”

I could go on describing it, but check it out for yourself.

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1. Naples Scuba Diving - December 12, 2008

Very cool and interesting.. that day can’t come fast enough for me…

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2. deepstop - December 12, 2008

Same for me. I remember the Gagarin, Shepherd and Glen flights, and Valentina Tereshkova, as well as Gemini and Apollo – especially Apollo 8 which was at Christmas. I also remember Apollo 11 pretty well, although I was half asleep by the time Armstrong and Aldrin climbed down the ladder, and will never forget Apollo 13. The lack of progress since then is a real disappointment, and I’d really like to see us get to Mars in my lifetime (so a real step forward in either space science or medical science is going to be necessary).

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