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Questions and Answers

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting questions for Suni and Tim. Thanks for all of your interest and for all of your great insights and inquiries.  Once the call is placed from Alvin to the Space Station on January 26, we will post the answers on this page.

In the meantime, you can see answers to questions about Tim's current research cruise by visiting the Student Experiments at Sea program. To read past Q&As with Tim Shank and deep-ocean observers, visit the Dive and Discover web site.

To read a previous interview with Suni Williams, click here.

"Most octopuses will let you get close, maybe even touch them, but normally they'll try to run once the manipulator gets close," said Alvin pilot Bruce Strickrott, of his encounter with a deep-sea octopus 2,300 meters down (about 7,500 feet) in the Gulf of Mexico. This female was docile and, instead of swimming away, grabbed the submersible's robotic manipulator arm, used for picking up samples of seafloor rocks and organisms. (Photo by Bruce Strickrott, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)