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WHOI biologist Tim Shank was two miles under the sea in the submersible Alvin when he first spoke via satellite to astronaut Suni Williams, who was floating 200 miles up in the atmosphere at the International Space Station.

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Caption: WHOI biologist Tim Shank was two miles under the sea in the submersible Alvin when he first spoke via satellite to astronaut Suni Williams, who was floating 200 miles up in the atmosphere at the International Space Station. The linkup in January 2007 was the first ever between a spacecraft and deep-ocean sub, and it was broadcast to thousands of viewers on WHOI and NASA Web sites, and on NASA TV. Last September, the explorers finally got to meet in person at WHOI, where Shank and Williams climbed inside an Alvin prototype in the WHOI Exhibit Center. Shank hopes to have Williams join an expedition using Alvin so she can experience oceanography firsthand. In turn, she has offered to have Shank visit NASA in Houston to see how astronauts work and train. "Suni and I have talked about using these events to develop an educational program for children," Shank said, and using their experiences "as a vehicle to teach people about oceans and space."
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Title Annotation:Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Publication:Oceanus
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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