This past Saturday a New Zealand news team from NewsHub on Channel 3 came out to our sea ice site for Icefin’s third dive of the season, and their story aired tonight! Excerpt below, and hit the link for the rest and video. (
Please let us know how the video is, we can’t load it. Update: video is great, but be warned there’s a bit of language toward the end- turns out Kiwi TV is a bit more casual than the US!)
A team of American scientists and engineers in Antarctica are testing a robot they plan to one day send into space in the search for life.
The NASA-funded project is linking up with a New Zealand research team on the Ross Ice Shelf. The Kiwis are drilling through more than 300 metres of ice to study the ocean underneath, a perfect opportunity for the Americans to test their prototype.
Astrobiologist Britney Schmidt and her team from the Georgia Tech in Atlanta have built Icefin, a 3.5-metre-long autonomous vehicle custom-built to dive under ice and reveal what lives in the ocean beneath. It’s equipped with sensors, cameras, sonar and as much scientific technology as they’re able to squeeze on board.
– Samantha Hayes, NewsHub