During its last few days in space, the United States Apollo space craft took part in an experiment in conjunction with an Australian Navy patrol boat 225 kilometres (139 miles) below on the surface of the sea off the Australian coast.
GV HMAS Bombard underway (2 shots)
SV Bombard's exec-officer Lieut. Bill Dovers, Barry Spencer (at wheel) & Mick Joines on bridge (4 shots)
SV Australian Navy flag PAN TO Scully-Power with pipe & CO of Bombard talking about measuring water temps (4 shots)
SV Scully-Power puts probe into launcher (2 shots)
SCU Commanding Officer looking at watch
SV Launcher pointing at water & TIL UP TO GV of ocean
SV Captain plots position at sea while scientists checks graph (4 shots)
Initials BJB/1800 BJB/1810
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Background: During its last few days in space, the United States Apollo space craft took part in an experiment in conjunction with an Australian Navy patrol boat 225 kilometres (139 miles) below on the surface of the sea off the Australian coast.
The experiment was part of a study of eddies--large areas of swirling warm water--which the Ran Research Laboratory began last September. It was conducted on Monday and Tuesday (21 and 22 July), and involved the patrol boat HMAS Bombard which was cruising off the New South Wales coast.
After the experiment had been completed, an Australian Navy scientist, Mr Paul Scully-Power, predicted that in the future fisherman may use satellites to find schools of tuna and other fish which like warm water. The Laboratory's studies have so far shown that the temperature of the water at the centre of the eddies is eighteen degrees celsius, which is exactly the temperature of water tuna prefer.
On Monday night and Tues, the Bombard kept track of a 130 kilometre diameter eddy which lay about 160 kilometres (99 miles) south-east of Sydney.
At the same time as the Bombard measured the temperature of the sea in the current, Apollo was taking coloured three-dimensional pictures of eddies in the oceans around Australia.
As it turned out, more traditional methods of hunting fish proved as effective, because as the Bombard crossed the centre of the eddy, they discovered that a fleet of Japanese trawlers were already fishing in the area.