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(Spiegel)   What's it like diving 9 hours to over 3000 meters deep into the Guaymas Basin aboard the submersible Alvin? Let's find out   ( spiegel.de) divider line
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2017-12-28 01:56:09 PM  
ALVIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!

 
2017-12-28 02:14:39 PM  
I'm going to say, dark.  It's pretty dark.
 
2017-12-28 02:46:46 PM  
I was going to go with cold and boring.
 
2017-12-28 03:05:11 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I was going to go with cold and boring.


Trying to remember - I think it usually hot in the Alvin - due to lots of equipment that gives off heat, and needing to keep it warm for the meatbags riding in it.
 
2017-12-28 03:11:30 PM  

TommyDeuce: Marcus Aurelius: I was going to go with cold and boring.

Trying to remember - I think it usually hot in the Alvin - due to lots of equipment that gives off heat, and needing to keep it warm for the meatbags riding in it.


And I remembered wrong (I know, unpossible) from the Wood's Hole web site:

The temperature in the personnel sphere can range from 95°F on the surface to 50°F on the ocean bottom.  Layered clothing is recommended to allow adaptation to changes in internal temperature.

Considering it's like 8 degrees F outside my window right now (Yeah, New England), 50 sounds farking balmy.
 
2017-12-28 03:36:02 PM  
Holy crap. I used to go scuba diving in San Carlos (Near Guaymas). I had no idea there was a giant deep hole right there. Yikes. We stayed near the coast.

Still better than the nasty freezing waters off the California coast.
 
2017-12-28 04:23:59 PM  
Better than the stinky corn dog fart smell stuffed in Theodore
 
2017-12-28 04:51:31 PM  
I gotta pee. I gotta pee. I gotta pee. I gotta pee. I gotta pee...
 
2017-12-28 05:26:54 PM  
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I'm reading this book right now. I knew the story in broad strokes but the detailed account is pretty fascinating. K129 (a nuclear sub) sank in like, 1968 with a full complement of nuclear missiles onboard. the soviets scrambled to find it and were unsuccesful. the law of the sea at the time was once you looked for something sunken, like a ship or whatever, if you didn't find it was considered abandoned property. the US eventually found it and 4-5 years later, sent out a ship to recover it. i won't spoil the details for those that might be interested but it's pretty cool. teh ship was i think 3 miles beneath the surface; the mere notion of recovering something that deep was considered technologically impossible.

there's a part in the book where in a meeting to convince the Pentagon or whatever of the feasibility of the mission, one of the engineers goes, "this is not the best analogy, but, i did the math and this analogy isn't that far off. imagine standing on top of the Empire State building, and with a pair of tweezers hanging from fishing line, picking up a standard sized gold ingot on the street. and then hoisting it all way back up. that's more or less what we're gonna do."
 
2017-12-28 08:20:44 PM  

rickythepenguin: K129 (a nuclear sub)


Say what now? It was diesel-electric, with nuclear missiles.
 
jvl [BareFark]
2017-12-28 11:05:13 PM  
Going down 3000 meters in a 53-year old submersible sounds like a really bad idea.
 
2017-12-29 12:19:10 AM  
Cool find, Subby. Thanks.
 
2017-12-29 01:58:40 AM  
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2017-12-29 06:36:20 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Holy crap. I used to go scuba diving in San Carlos (Near Guaymas). I had no idea there was a giant deep hole right there.


Her name is Panchita and she costs 50 pesos an hour.

Or so I heard...
 
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