Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been off the blog for a few days. I’ve been on business in Houston, Texas for a client and I haven’t had time to blog or access to my Earth Friendly Gardening email. Sometimes I feel like I have multiple personality disorder…one day I have a blue collar job — mulching and weeding a park in Providence — and the next I’m wearing a white collar — leading a reporter around NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where my client is hosting an educational competition for students.
I’ll be back in Rhode Island tonight but in the meantime, here’s a picture of the pool at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab at Johnson Space Center. My client organizes an annual underwater robot competition for high school, community college, and university students. Teams of students design and create underwater robots (or remotely operated vehicles, ROVs), which they must use to complete a variety of underwater tasks. This year’s competition is being held in NASA’s NBL pool, which is one of the largest in the world (40 feet deep) and is used to train astronauts for space walks.
The photo shows a student team’s ROV on a platform in the pool during the competition, at the right of the photo. The robot has picked up a piece of pipe and is fitting it into the red box. All the equipment that you see at the bottom of the pool is part of the life-size mockup of the International Space Station!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a gardening-related post, I promise!