in SCUBA gear, Dr. Craig McKinley of the Centre for Minimal
Access Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton,
Ontario, prepares for a training dive. |
7, Craig McKinley
Day 1, Monday, October 11, 2004
Today was mission day
one. This has been a very full day. We splashed down at 11:00 and
performed two excursions (dives). As well, we have set up communications
and I performed an end-to-end test of the network. All of Trevor
Chapman’s hard work has resulted in a nominal status for the network.
Tomorrow, we begin our surgical experiments.
It is difficult to explain
what it is like living in an underwater habitat. We have day and
night but we do not have a clear sunrise and sunset. When we look
out the window, we see blue in the day, but it is not the blue sky,
it is the blue ocean. When we look out at night, we see darkness
but it is not the dark sky, it is the dark ocean. And when something
passes by our windows, it is not a bird but rather a fish. And when
we leave our home, we don't go for a walk but rather a swim.
It must be as strange
for the fish as it is for us!