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Icelandic Startup Designs Meter for NASA

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Icelandic Startup Designs Meter for NASA

Sólheimajökull glacier

Archive photo. Sólheimajökull glacier in Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic startup company Star-Oddi, a manufacturer of innovative scientific research tools, designed a measuring equipment used by NASA for studying a lake which lies under the Antarctica icecap. Living microorganisms were found in the lake.

The Antarctica lake has been isolated under the ice at a depth of 800 meters (2,625 feet) for 250,000 years. A hole was drilled into the ice and a small submarine released into the lake, carrying Star-Oddi’s measuring tools.

Managing director of Star-Oddi Sigmar Guðbjörnsson told RÚV that NASA had contacted them because they needed tiny tools for the project.

Star-Oddi specializes in small measuring equipment, which has been used in about 50 countries for marking turtles, sharks, tuna, crocodiles and puffins, as well as measuring the level of salt in water, temperature and depth, along with other purposes.

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