From: Berrimilla Down-under Mars
Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008
Berrimilla Down-under Mars Update Yo...........,
"Plodding north - we're 30 miles NE of Crowdy Head and a smidge north of Lord Howe Island, so this is the furthest north I have ever been in Berri in the Pacific but I hope we can keep breaking that little stat. Just making 3 kts into the current - swell not so bad, lovely morning. Satphone rigged and seems to be working. Time for some coffee and a wad. I dont think today will be a hundred miler. Will now have to do complicated maths to work out what time it is in Texas and Louisiana for Yuri's night phone calls. Everything seems to be working so far...just a bit slow on the hoof"
"As a result of this contact, Alex and Peter were invited by Leroy Chiao, who was the Commander of the ISS during their contacts to give a presentation about Berrimilla's voyage to a Symposium on Risk at Louisiana State University, using the voyage as a simple analogue for a journey into deep space. The details are here www.riskexplore2007.com After the Symposium, in a bar on the edge of LSU Campus, Pascal Lee drew a map in Alex's notebook and, perhaps foolishly, signed it. This became an invitation to undertake another, rather more symbolic voyage through the North West Passage to link up with NASA's Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island, which Pascal runs, in time to observe the total solar eclipse on August 1 2008."
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