Nuclear Ninety North
Eclipse of the Midnight Sun
August 1st, 2008
|2008-07-24 22:58 UTC||Click images for enlargements.||89°30.28'N 61°59.28'E|
Except during critical maneuvers, the bridge is open to passengers, as long as they don't touch anything or get in the way. Here are some views of the bridge as we approached the North Pole. The ship has three electrically powered screws, two of which rotate in one direction and the third in another to minimise torque effects, and the ship is steered with differential thrust as well as the rudder.
|2008-07-24 22:59 UTC||89°30.59'N 62°2.92'E|
|2008-07-24 22:59 UTC||89°30.53'N 62°3.36'E|
|2008-07-24 23:00 UTC||89°30.88'N 62°5.58'E|
|2008-07-24 23:01 UTC||89°31.01'N 62°7.41'E|
|2008-07-24 23:02 UTC||89°31.18'N 62°10.30'E|
|2008-07-24 23:04 UTC||89°31.66'N 62°24.30'E|
|2008-07-25 01:20 UTC||89°53.80'N 23°8.75'E|
When this picture was taken, we were less than seven nautical miles from the North Pole.
The following twenty-five minute video (Flash player and broadband connection required: 316 kBit/sec transfer rate, total file size 58 Mb) shows operations on the bridge as the ship progressed past 86° North toward the Pole.
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by John Walker
August 20th, 2008