There are a few things that come close to living by the sea; I love being able to take a short drive and have the ocean out ahead of me. Looking out into the distance and seeing nothing but ships and the horizon.
Some may also know that I am a huge astronomy geek, I love the sheer expanse, the many unanswered questions it brings and how you can let your imagination conjure fantasies that could quite possibly be real.
One thing I don’t think is a secret, is how much I love technology and how lost I’d be without my phone, the ability to communicate with friends and strangers alike through all kinds of mediums has made not only the world smaller, but certain reaches of space too.
It’s often said that we actually know a lot less about our own oceans than we do about space. Thankfully we can see space, colours of nebula define the gases for which they are made up. We can’t however, see into the deep depths off the sea – because sunlight quite simply cannot reach it and the pressure is so high it makes deep sea exploration as dangerous as going up.
But which is easier to communicate in – space or at sea?
The clever folk over at GNS Worldwide have published the fascinating infographic which details the how sailors and astronauts (yes, and cosmonauts) communicate in their chosen disciplines – the results are quite surprising!
Why shouldn’t this be surprising?
Well, for one ships are quite often cramped places that don’t offer much room for unnecessary equipment. Let’s face it – it’s not important for a fisherman to update his Facebook status whenever he’s landed a catch – he’d also get no work done.
Space had one massive advantage – weightlessness. The state of constant freefall the ISS is in means that equipment can weigh as much as it likes, it makes no difference to the crew who can use outboard motorised arms to shift it about!