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May 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. NASA’s GOES-7 became operational and sent its first visible image. It collected space environmental data and conducted an experiment for emergency distress signals on the ground from geosynchronous orbit. ... Geophysical Service Inc. completed reprocessing of 4,900 line-kilometers of nonexclusive marine seismic data recorded in 1974 offshore Vietnam, which had wanted to reduce its energy resources and development dependence on the Soviet Union. ... Jules’ Undersea Lodge opened at a depth of 30 feet in Key Largo, which could accommodate six people in sleeping cubicles of 8 by 10 feet each. A double room cost $300 per night.

15 Years Ago
1997. Kongsberg Norcontrol and Simrad merged to form one of the world’s largest electronic equipment companies in their field at the time, Kongsberg Maritime. ... Scientists studying deep-sea sediments off the coast of South Carolina recovered new evidence of the large Caribbean meteorite impact that occurred 65 million years ago. ... Using a new method of analyzing radar echoes, researchers were able to view the tectonic structure of fracture zones hidden beneath the sea ice off the shores of Antarctica, finding a new structure called the Bellinghausen Plate.

10 Years Ago
2002. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Shrike, an 87-foot patrol boat, entered service. It was constructed to conduct search and rescue, and law enforcement off Florida’s east coast. ... Libya topped a list of countries most favored by global oil companies for new ventures, ahead of the U.K. and Australia, according to a poll by Robertson’s International New Ventures Survey. ... Telenor Satellite Services launched its Fleet service via Inmarsat, with speeds up to 64 kilobits per second. ... iXSEA and OCEANO Technologies reached an agreement to merge to create a new company, iXSEA – OCEANO, jointly offering their acoustic and fiber-optic gyroscope technologies.


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