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Re: Tomography For Fossil Hunting



On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Aidan Karley wrote:
> --- "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:
> [SNIP]
> > a proposed Neutron/Gamma ray Geologic Tomography (NUGGET)
> > instrument
> > to be one of the most useful tools in their toolbelt. 
> > 
> [SNIP]
> > If a
> > mechanical rover that explores planet surfaces were equipped with an
> > instrument like NUGGET  capable of peering beneath the surface  then
> > it
> > might be able to reveal evidence of life beyond Earth. 
> > ...
> > ====
> > 
> > Mars? What about right here on Earth?
> [...]
>     Seriously though ... a large part of NASA's point in existence is
> to justify development of sophisticated tools which later turn out to
> have more general applicability. The hackneyed example is the non-stick
> frying pan. But in this context ... well of course the new tools have
> got to be developed, field tested, miniaturised and ruggedised on
> Earth, and what better way than to send them on a voyage into the guts
> of an Antarctic volcano, or on an unsupported fossicking ramble across
> Area 51 (as long as they only look down <G>)? And by the time they're
> on prototype # 15, then prototypes 1 through 14 will be finding their
> ways into the twitching little paws of earth-bound rock-sniffers such
> as your good self.

Sorta what I was curious about. I'm sure there's many who could field
test such a device.
 
>     Oh, I get it. You're staking your position in line to get your
> hands on an early example, aren't you? <G>

No, however, it would be interesting if this became cheap enough to
be a consumer item...