Science on Thin Ice

Science on Thin Ice


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Kurtz: You know, there’s this big unknown. You’re headed out into this alien landscape that’s just completely hostile to you and you know if you didn’t a nice ship and extremely warm clothes, you probably wouldn’t be able to survive.
[music] MOSAiC as a whole, it’s a yearlong drifting expedition. So it involves people from twenty different nations, about 600 scientists. It’s a huge, massive effort meant to study the Arctic as a system. Not just the ice, but things like the atmosphere, the ocean, biogeochemistry. All kinds of things in a way that allows us to look at what’s happening throughout the course of the year.
[ship horn and orchestra music] So we left Tromsø on September 20th, took us ten days or so between leaving port, sailing out, picking up some instrumentation and then starting to sail into the ice pack and starting to search for the floe. It was really difficult to find the floe because we needed ice that thick enough to support all our equipment, some of it’s very heavy, and to do this safely. And actually one of the big surprises to me and a lot of people on board was just how thin the ice was. You’d get out on the ice but it’s dangerous It’s an alien landscape, it’s cold, there’s bears. The polar bear situation was really interesting and, yeah, kind of terrifying. When we were out on the ice and we were setting things up, taking measurements, the bears did come back. Two times when I was there. And there they came to our camp and they were doing things like messing with the equipment and going through our site. So there it was different because they’re more on the turf that we had set up. You know, this is our turf now and now they’re coming in. I could see them in places that I had been. [polar bears grunting, music] So we were very isolated on the Polarstern and we had very limited connectivity. We had a email account we could send 50 kilobytes a message. It was a big change for me and a lot of people. A lot of people said, you know after a week or so I didn’t miss it anymore. And I was one of those people. I really appreciated being a bit more isolated for a while and experiencing life in a different way. Doing field work like this brought me right there to the ice. When I do my research I use data like this from the data that’s taken up close on the ice. Sometimes that’s the only way to get information on the ice. Things like how dense is the ice, or how dense is the snow, you can’t do this remotely. But we can use this to do calibration and validation of ICESat-2 over the course of the year. So this is valuable for improving the retrieval techniques we use for ICESat-2. For me, to be on the ground and get that different look at the ice on the surface, it just helps me as a scientist come up with new ideas and to inspire me to use the data that I have, and then think about this in a totally new way and a different way. [music]

79 thoughts on “Science on Thin Ice

  • January 21, 2020 at 3:38 pm
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    Go to Antarctica! Finish Admiral Byrd's expeditions.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm
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    Truth telling in the title. Altering weather graphs to garner Federal monies is despicable.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 3:45 pm
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    Polar bears have very delicate hearing I hope they did not run engine equipment around them it will permanently destroy the bears hearing. Then my inuit brothers have to deal with a out of control deaf bear that doesn't scare and the laws say you can't shoot them.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm
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    And everyones freaking out about climate change and global warming… Smh

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm
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    Best job ever!!!!!

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm
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    This was a nice video, and what about the science results and findings?

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm
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    Polar bears are doing very well. NASA's GISS is problem (data tampering).

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm
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    600 scientists, they forgot to invite AL Gore and Greta, LOL!

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:27 pm
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    It's the borealis!
    Dear god…

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    I love the winter and probably would get a real thrill out of doing this.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    This is what we call “summer” in finland.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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    I m really excited to join such expedition😇

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:53 pm
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    `-`

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    I just wanted to say ….. How dare you ?

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    You know what sounds like a really good idea is send massive ice breaking ships to do unatural damage to ancient ice. Maybe these big business science and oil expeditions should stop!! Broken up smaller ice sheets and warmer water makes for faster melting!

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    Great scientific Research

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    Mitochondria is a powerhouse of a cell

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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    As a scientist you would think that he'd say ARCTIC not ARTIC.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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    ‘Our turf’ bruh moment

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    Awesome video

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    I would play some Frostpunk

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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    The Arctic… where Brrr becomes a four letter word 🙂

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:43 pm
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    Polarstern. Best ship in the world (for me). And it is a German explorer ship. <3 <3 <3

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    Polar bears are more or less solitary, so seeing them in a group means something wasn't going well. Too hungry? Lost? Evolving to cooperate and learning to steal human equipment to reverse engineer a human trap?

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  • January 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm
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    when man travels to the top of the earth….polar bears show up !!!

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  • January 21, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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    lol alien landscaped

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  • January 21, 2020 at 6:22 pm
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    i think it is important for YOU to explain the SCALE of the changes YOU are describing.
    When YOU say thinning, people do not understand that YOU mean thinning from 20-40-60 meters thick to almost nothing.
    i think YOU need to explain the mind boggling SCALE of an entire CONTINENT of ice that has vanished

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  • January 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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    Absolutely nothing to show us and busting up the Polar bears territory. Shame on you

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    When does the grape growing regions of Greenland return?

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:21 pm
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    "I'm breaaaaaking the iiiiiiiiice, tonight!"

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:27 pm
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    A ciência cada vez mais num gelo fino, infelizmente para o mundo!!

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:39 pm
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    It's literally not thin when you need an icebreaker to get there.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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    German ship, initiative and funding

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:48 pm
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    I'd love to hear more about this expedition.
    Also man, the comments on NASA videos are a mess.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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    I don’t want one more penny of my taxes dollars to go to NASA. So many lies.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm
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    Exaggeration much?

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:21 pm
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    NASA is becoming more and more irrelevant.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm
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    I glad they are admitting that global warming science is garbage

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm
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    I think six hundred of you need to get a real job.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:29 pm
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    So much better than working behind a desk…

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm
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    "We were very ICE-OLATED" LOL

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  • January 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    NASA’s comment section is a comedy center, and a mess. Half of the comments think climate change is not real…

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  • January 21, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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    Why there are so many uneducated people in this comment section?

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  • January 22, 2020 at 2:29 am
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    No its not your turf, its the polar bears and all ways will be if all stays well. Still, its good we are out there learning about the world.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 8:40 am
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    very good
    +sub

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  • January 22, 2020 at 9:21 am
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    Sounds very facinating and looks like a lot of fun with all that equipment and the between the scientists.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm
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    smell like the northern corridor research

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  • January 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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    Spoiler alert: IDIOTS in the comments below!

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  • January 22, 2020 at 1:48 pm
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    I think the polar bears want to eat a couple of climate scientist LOL

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  • January 22, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    Apetor has a similar video

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  • January 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm
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    So NASA and NOAA do all this research and then publish outright LIES and change their own recorded data that does not match their 'global warming' AGENDA….

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  • January 22, 2020 at 3:05 pm
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    No lies

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  • January 22, 2020 at 3:22 pm
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    A video where nothing was said. Nice ice breaker though. Been there, done that.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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    Global warming is Fake. Anyone who disagrees don't comment on this message.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm
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    did i just see 3 polar bears?! what happened to the one lonely polar bear of skin and bones starving to death in the global warming videos?

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  • January 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm
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    Fake

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  • January 22, 2020 at 4:34 pm
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    What's up with all the comments about saying this is fake? There's literally nothing in this video that even looks remotely fake. Global warming is a real thing and is slowly melting the poles and warming up the planet. The warming is veryyyyy slow but it's happening and may cause humanity's demise. These global warming deniers clearly haven't lived long enough to experience it.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 4:37 pm
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    Tread carefully, there's abunch of tin foil wearing "geniuses" attempting to spread the "truth" in the comment section.

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  • January 22, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    don´t overdub the videos you bastards

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  • January 22, 2020 at 6:16 pm
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    For all the people wondering why the comment section is so fucked, it’s because some people, when they get scared, or have a problem, instead of taking he relatively harder route of solving said problem, or overcoming fears, they instead deny or avoid the problem, resulting in the fervent denying of the genuinely terrifying truth that world temperatures are rising, ice caps are melting, and water levels are just getting higher and higher

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  • January 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm
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    toll

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  • January 22, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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    So that's how in future they will show this video and say we went to Pluto 🤫🤭

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  • January 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm
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    Deutsch amk

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  • January 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm
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    Tony heller owns all you foolish global warming alarmists!

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  • January 22, 2020 at 10:08 pm
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    Amazing video

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  • January 23, 2020 at 3:21 am
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    2:17 dont worry elon fix it in 2025

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  • January 23, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    2:17 dont worry elon fix it in 2025

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  • January 23, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    2:17 dont worry elon fix it in 2025

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  • January 23, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    2:17 dont worry elon fix it in 2025

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  • January 23, 2020 at 4:23 am
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    B O O M E R S BELOW!!!

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  • January 23, 2020 at 9:57 am
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    SHOW US THE ICE WALLS NASA WE KNOW YOU HAVE FOUND THEM

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  • January 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm
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    Ain't NASA a space agency? What is it doing in Antarctica?

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  • January 24, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    Next NASA will be telling us how to raise our kids and cut our grass. I think the agency needs to be purged of all these climate cultists, or just defunded, since Elon Musk is actually better at it lol.

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  • January 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    To anyone who works at NASA: thank you for the amazing work you are doing in science, engineering, and exploration. NASA has helped humanity and our planet in countless ways (more than most realize). Keep up the inspiring work!

    Also I don’t understand why there’s so many haters commenting on this video. Lol

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  • January 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm
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    Just more useless scientific excursions about nothing.
    Highlight of this was the bears whoopee NASA where's the science

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  • January 27, 2020 at 3:10 am
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    It was there territory before you people came there

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  • January 27, 2020 at 4:29 pm
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    It's not your turf, it's the polar bears turf, humans are the Intruders, humans take other animals land

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  • February 4, 2020 at 6:06 am
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    Okay cool! But what did you learn from the trip there? Are we not worthy? I just learned about your life which was of no use to me! The best super computer is the human brain and not all brain's function the same! You potentially have an amazing untapped resource that has served humans well, a computer couldn't possibly come up with the sort of things that the human brain can conjure up! Where can I get my hands on the data from? I would show you things that even your super computers will say "where did he come up with that?" NASA, if you are listening, think of all those amazing people that got humanity to where it is today! There's plenty more of them where they came from! The sort of people who are able see what's in plain sight but nobody else can see! Those are not found in universities! Because their minds work differently and just don't fit that type of atmosphere… You never know, the next Nikola Tesla could be walking past you on a daily basis. Hell I have worked out what gravity is, what causes it and how to measure it! And it can be used to measure the gravity on any planet or moon! Let alone half of the other stuff that I know which no one else knows… Again my point, you don't need a degree in what has always been known, if you can't think different, how can you see the unknown! Think about that…

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