Bill Stone, the maverick cave explorer who invented robots and dive equipment that have allowed him to plumb Earth’s deepest abysses, explains his efforts to build a robot to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plan is to send the machine to bore through miles of ice and swim through a liquid underworld that may harbor alien life. And if that’s not enough, he’s also planning to mine lunar ice by 2015.


  1. #1 booger
    January 12, 2008

    Jeebus. Didn’t he read “2010”?

  2. #2 Some farker
    January 13, 2008 has green-lighted a link to this blog entry.

    /Summon Bevets.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    January 13, 2008

    Wow, I’ve been farked. Is that good?

  4. #4 BLG
    January 13, 2008

    Hope you have alot of bandwidth.

  5. #5 Chris Hanson
    January 13, 2008

    Where do I sign up!!

  6. #6 Len
    January 13, 2008

    Hope the robot doesn’t kill the little buggers if it finds any.

  7. #7 ed
    January 14, 2008

    man, i wouldn’t want to be deep in a cave with him. he seems about two steps short of snapping, lot of barely-contained rage in him, yow.

  8. #8 Shawn Smith
    January 14, 2008

    Aren’t Europa’s oceans mostly sulfuric acid? If he is actually preparing to send a probe, it better be pretty tough.

  9. #9 Mike
    January 14, 2008

    I don’t see rage. I see compassion and life! There are those who do it. And those who read about it. Those who read about it do so from the comfort of a warm room with the T.V. on. Those that do it…. face each day with a fire that is hard to contain. For that….we all reep the rewards.

  10. #10 John
    January 14, 2008

    As an engineering I think it is absolutely a doing goal with a realistic time line. I would absolutely sign up to be on the mining expedition to the moon. For that matter the cave thing looked pretty cool, too.