• Short Summary

    THREE HUNDRED FEET (100 METRES) BELOW GROUND A FRENCH POTHOLER IS MAKING HIMSELF COMFORTABLE FOR A FOUR MONTH SOJOURN IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH.

  • Description

    THREE HUNDRED FEET (100 METRES) BELOW GROUND A FRENCH POTHOLER IS MAKING HIMSELF COMFORTABLE FOR A FOUR MONTH SOJOURN IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH.

    MONSIEUR SENNI, A 35 YEAR OLD FURNITURE SHOP OWNER, ENTERED THE POTHOLE ON MONDAY AT THE START OF HIS FOUR MONTHS OF ISOLATION, BUT HIS SOLITUDE WAS BROKEN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) FOR A BRIEF PHOTOCALL TO SEE HOW THE POTHOLER IS PREPARING FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD.

    A LARGE QUANTITY OF WARM CLOTHING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HIS EQUIPMENT. FOR WITH NO LIGHT THERE IS NO NATURAL HEAD UNDER THE GROUND. DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, HOWEVER, HE'LL PROBABLY BE WARMER THAN HIS WIFE AND THREE-YEARS-OLD SON, ON THE SURFACE, BUT THEN HE ONLY HAS A TENT FOR PROTECTION.

    HE HAS WITH HIM A 200LB (90 KILOGRAM) BLOCK OF WOOD WHICH WE WILL CARVE DURING HIS STAY UNDERGROUND. HIS CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE WILL BE BY TELEPHONE. BEFORE HE GOES TO SLEEP HE PHONES THE SURFACE CAMP OF M. SIFFRE, SUPERVISOR OF THE EXPERIMENT, TO MAKE A GUESS AT THE TIME -- THIS CALL IS TAPE RECORDED. HE CAN MAKE A DIRECT CALL IF HE WISHES TO.

    A WOMAN IS ALSO TO BE INVOLVED IN A SIMILAR EXPERIMENT, STAYING THREE MONTHS UNDERGROUND. BOTH EXPERIMENTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY M. SIFFRE, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF THE FRENCH POTHOLERS' INSTITUTE. M. SIFFRE, WHO IS 25, HOLDS THE UNDERGROUND SOLO ENDURANCE RECORD OF TWO MONTHS SET IN 1962.

    THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT WILL BE SENT TO THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES WHO ARE STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF PROLONGED ISOLATION IN SPACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2LN9MQK16AK6E1JKR5092USSQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LN9MQK16AK6E1JKR5092USSQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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