The Science of Sustainability

Zeppelins Resurrected

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In 1935, the USS Macon went down in 1000 feet of water off the coast of Monterey, California. Now, as scientists study the recently-discovered wreckage, dirigibles are returning to the Bay Area. But these aren't the same dirigibles – these are new and improved.

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Chris Bauer

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Chris Bauer is a Freelance Media Producer with over 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. Some of his Quest stories have been featured in the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC. A 5th generation Bay Area resident and a graduate of St. Mary's College of California, his hobbies include canoeing, snowboarding, wood-working and trying to play the ukulele. He and his family live in Alameda, CA.
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    STORY UPDATE: From a NASA Ames press release-

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – The airship USS Macon arrived at Naval Air Station Moffett on October 15, 1933. To commemorate the event, NASA's Ames Research Center and the Moffett Historical Society will mark its 78th anniversary by launching a 20-foot working model of the USS Macon on Saturday, October 15, 2011in Moffett's Hangar Two.

    Retired engineer Jack Clemens has spent three years and $6,000 building his replica from the specifications of the original airship. Though large enough to fill his garage, the working model is built of balsa and Mylar and weighs just six pounds. Two earlier versions were damaged in test flights, so, with NASA's help, he's planning this inside-the-hangar demonstration. After the model comes back down to Earth, it will go on display at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum in the NASA Research Park. 

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