Nuclear Ninety North
Eclipse of the Midnight Sun
August 1st, 2008
|2008-07-28 20:53 UTC||Click images for reduced size.||80°25.74'N 52°31.37'E|
After leaving Ziegler Island, we came across this small iceberg, probably calved from one of the glaciers on it or one of the adjacent islands. Now sentimental chick-flicks may have made you wary of encounters with icebergs at sea, but that's not counting upon the capabilities of a nuclear powered icebreaker. Here's what happens when 75,000 horsepower of clean, abundant nuclear power meets a pesky obstacle in the polar sea.
|2008-07-28 20:55 UTC||80°25.69'N 52°31.63'E|
We get closer.
|2008-07-28 20:57 UTC||80°25.65'N 52°31.89'E|
|2008-07-28 20:58 UTC||80°25.62'N 52°31.93'E|
|2008-07-28 21:00 UTC||80°25.60'N 52°31.91'E|
|2008-07-28 21:00 UTC||80°25.59'N 52°31.94'E|
|2008-07-28 21:01 UTC||80°25.59'N 52°31.94'E|
|2008-07-28 21:07 UTC|
Contact—the ship shudders.
|2008-07-28 21:11 UTC||80°25.58'N 52°31.96'E|
We're pushing the iceberg.
|2008-07-28 21:13 UTC||80°25.62'N 52°32.06'E|
After which, it's somewhat the worse for wear. How do you say “yee-haw” in Russian?
by John Walker
August 20th, 2008