Big Picture Science – Stranded

by Gary Niederhoff on February 3, 2014

Big Picture Science – Stranded

Imagine not knowing where you are – and no one else knowing either. Today, that’s pretty unlikely. Digital devices pinpoint our location within a few feet, so it’s hard to get lost anymore. But we can still get stranded.

A reporter on board an Antarctic ship that was stuck for weeks in sea ice describes his experience, and contrasts that with a stranding a hundred years prior in which explorers ate their dogs to survive.

Plus, the Plan B that keeps astronauts from floating away forever … how animals and plants hitch rides on open sea to populate new lands … and the rise of the mapping technology that has made hiding a thing of the past.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Hiawatha Bray – Navigation
Part 2: Andrew Luck-Baker – Stuck in the ice
Part 3: Alan de Queiroz – Monkey’s voyage
Part 4: Chris Hadfield – In space

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