SYNOPSIS: THIS IS THE CALYPSO...FLOATING RESEARCH VESSEL OF OCEANOGRAPHER JACQUES COUSTEAU. DURING HIS RECENT TRIP?
SYNOPSIS: THIS IS THE CALYPSO...FLOATING RESEARCH VESSEL OF OCEANOGRAPHER JACQUES COUSTEAU. DURING HIS RECENT TRIP TO THE ANTARCTIC HE COOPERATED WITH NASA IN A JOINT RESEARCH EFFORT.
The research contract with NASA provided for taking continuous measurements of chlorophyll content of the water, which means the amount of microscopic algae in the plankton produced in the surface layers as well as the surface temperature within 150 degrees, and these ground measurements--or sea-level measurements--were to be correlated with what the analysis of the pictures from the various NASA satellites could indicate...So in act, it's a contribution towards the calibration of the space-borne instruments of NASA.
MEASUREMENTS OF CHLOROPHYLL CONTENT AND TEMPERATURES CAN REVEAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON POLLUTION, AND THE FOOD-PRODUCING POTENTIAL OF THE OCEAN. DAILY READINGS WERE TAKEN ON-BOARD THE CALYPSO AND THE RESULTS RELAYED TO NASA'S AMES RESEARCH CENTRE IN CALIFORNIA VIA THE ATS COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE THEY COULD ALSO RECEIVE PICTURES AND FACSIMILES.
"Calypso...Calypso...Calypso...This is Ames Research Centre calling etc....."
ALL WAS GOING WELL UNTIL JANUARY 16TH.
In the Hope Bay where we wee there were hundreds of ice flows and ice blocks and icebergs floating around, and suddenly the wind, from zero, blew at the speed of at least 60 miles an hour, and before we had time to warm up the engine and lift the anchor, all the blocks--the ice blocks--were drifting along and some of them banged into my ship, bursting a hole in the port rear two feet above the waterline, and damaging slightly the starboard propeller and breaking the port propeller shaft, so that our ship was really in danger.
THE SAME SATELLITES BEING USED FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES WERE IMMEDIATELY CONVERTED TO AN ASSISTANCE NETWORK. NASA...NOAA...AND THE NAVY'S FLEET WEATHER SERVICE KEPT CONSTANT SATELLITE WATCH ON THE DAMAGED CALYPSO UNTIL THE CRIPPLED SHIP REACHED A SAFE PORT IN SOUTH AMERICA.