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11-28-2014 07:06 PM

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 02:15 AM

One thing I can say is that there is a peak in Albrurs mountains that is perhaps called “Albrurs peak”. But in reality, Albrurs mountains are a chain of mountains that run from Iran into former Soviet Union and part of eastern Turkey. I used to climb the Albrurs mountains every weekend from the age of 13- 17. A few times I got lost and ended up in Russia where I was greeted and fed before I was sent back home. In my travels to Alaska, I never dared climbed Mount Mckinly. Each year, folks from Japan and other places were found dead on that unpredictable climate. However, I managed to climb a mountain near Palmer Alaska called twin peak. It was the best experience of my life as I could see the entire matanuska valley from up there. I mapped and created my own trail up there in the 1980’s and was lucky enough to make it back down. Thanks for bringing back old memories.


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#2 posted 12-04-2014 05:23 AM

Some of the records are always interesting to me.

Seems folks really had serious balls in the 50s and 60’s

Until Felix (red bull) guy rode a weather balloon in a pressurize pod, the record holder (Kittinger in 1960) just went for an extreme ride on the platform in a cold war era space suit and jumped off at the edge of space….102,000 feet!

Same for depth. Interesting that the Mariana trench exploration in 1960 has not been bested. Hard to imaging 35000 feet under water, listening to the creaks and pops of the steel structure…watching the glow of the vacuum tubes in the equipment keeping you alive.

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 09:27 PM

Explorers Reach the Deepest Point in Earth over 35000 ft Down
By: David Russell Schilling | January 31st, 2013
In March 2012 James Cameron piloted the “Deepsea Challenger” into the Mariana trench – deepest point in Earth’s oceans – diving 35,756 feet (10,890 meters) to a depth greater than the height of Mount Everest. This dive signaled a new age of deep-sea ocean exploration.

Due to historic breakthroughs in material science and new approaches to structural engineering it is now possible to imagine vehicles exploring deep ocean reaches for several hours at a time dramatically longer than anything that has been possible before. The primary challenges are extremely high pressures, low temperatures and a total absence of sunlight.

Designing and engineering research vessels to reach the ocean bottom is an ongoing challenge.


Industrial designers Caan Yaylali and Sebastian Campos, for example, have taken a page out of nature’s book and designed a submarine that is shaped like a giant manta ray. The primary purpose of their vessel is to document deep sea and plant life in 3D.

The GhostManta, still in the design phase, is 25 feet long and 21 feet wide at the wingtips and weighs 5,300 pounds. Built in 3D cameras film the environment in a 360° radius creating a complete representation of their surroundings. Cameras are protected by glass shields which allow HD quality recording without distortion. There are five camera pods: two in the front to in the rear and one at the bottom.

Internal components

A glass dome located under the camera control staff provides a great view allowing crewmembers to easily navigate their environment while 3D recording is underway. Intakes are powered by noiseless electric engines that provide propulsion to the vessel. Powerful headlights allow the vessel to navigate in deep dark trenches.

Stabilizing wings and the tail rudder control movement of the vessel. The tail rudder moves horizontally and the stabilizing wings act as plain flaps and control inclination or declination. Handles built into the wings allow divers to hang on while the submarine is diving. The cockpit window slides open allowing the driver and the gunner easy access to the cockpit.

The charger plug is the only way to charge the vessel. The lid is comprised of two inch-thick glass and is tightly sealed shut.

GhostManta’s creators are seeking investors. For more on James Cameron and the “Deepsea Challenge” visit here.

David Schilling
David lives in Boston in close proximity to Boston University, Boston College, MIT, Harvard, Northeastern as well as Bostons leading companies and labs. You can also find David on Google+.

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