from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Malaysian flight MH370 remains a mystery (for now?), but technology that could have answered a lot of questions actually exists — it just wasn’t aboard MH370. There are black boxes that can eject with parachutes and be more easily recovered. Various aircraft monitoring systems and engine monitoring systems can send maintenance signals to satellites, providing significant help to investigators if problems during a flight occur. Despite all these technological advances, it’s still pretty easy to get lost in the oceans. Here are just a few links on finding things on the open sea.
- In 1992, a cargo ship lost 28,800 rubber ducks (among other items) in the North Pacific, and these bath toys have turned up in unexpected locations years later. It wouldn’t be so surprising to find these rubber duckies just in Alaska, but some found their way to Maine and (possibly) to even more distant shores of the Atlantic. [url]
- The perfect non-denial denial phrase “can neither confirm nor deny” originates from the “Glomar Response” concerning a CIA operation to recover a sunken Soviet submarine from the ocean floor in the 1970s. Glomar is an abbreviation of Global Marine, the name of the company that built the salvage vessel that “may or may not have” tried to go after the sunken sub. [url]
- An empty Russian cruise ship (the MV Lyubov Orlova) has been lost in the North Atlantic for over a year, and it’s possible that it’s still afloat. There have been other crew-less ships that have sailed far from their home shores, like the Ryou-Un Maru — a Japanese fishing ship that made its way across the Pacific to the Gulf of Alaska. [url]
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