The Caves and the Moon – Bill Stone
An extremely interesting and engaging TED Talk. It was great to listen to, and was very informative about the exploration of both outer space and our own earth.
In the video Bill Stone talks about how human exploration of the deepest, darkest places on our planet could help to make advances in space exploration. I’ll start with the cave exploration. In the last thirty years or so humans have begun to explore the Earth’s deepest recesses that we were unable to before. This is mostly because of huge advancements in climbing/repelling techniques as well as technological advancements such as 3d cave mapping devices and better scuba gear. These scientists obviously have to be in peak physical condition to be able to explore in this way. Stone goes on to how we could use this technology developed for Earth to be able to explore a moon of Jupiter, Europa. A probe would melt through the 16 miles of ice until it reached the vast ocean, which it would map a fully 3d model of using a radar-like device used to map caves. After this he talks about more technical aspects of space exploration, and the video slowly becomes less and less related to the outdoors.
This video made me realize how closely the outdoors and science can be. Every aspect of the process of design, planning, and execution was very interesting to me. I would be interested in nearly every profession involved, from the field scientists plunging into places that no human has ever been, to the engineers that design the equipment, to the ideas people that come up with it all in the first place. I have no idea what I want to do after school, but this video has given me a few ideas.
Stone, Bill. “The Caves and the Moon.”
TED June 2007. Web. 16 June 2013.