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Reda Anderson
On April 10, 1912, The Titanic left Southampton, England on its maiden voyage, bound for New York City. At 11:40pm April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an ice berg and disappeared from the oceans surface at 2:20am April 15, 1912, taking with it over 1,500 souls. A little less than 100 years later, Reda Anderson, dove in a Russian submersible 12,500 feet to the bottom of the ocean, to see for herself what remains of the disintegrating Titanic. She is one of less than 100 paying passengers and less than 12 women who have ever done so. Flying from Los Angeles to St. Johns, Newfoundland, Reda along with Melody, her 11-year-old granddaughter, boarded the largest ocean going research vessel in the world, the Keldysh, The Keldysh is the mother ship to MIR1 and MIR 2,two of five submersibles in the world capable of making such a dive. A mere six feet wide on the inside and holding a pilot and two passengers, Reda says, “It was a bit cramped in there.” But, even so, she says the MIR submersible was roomier than in the Rocketplane XP, a modified Lear 24 jet, will be when she flies into space as Rocketplane-Kistler's first paying customer. In the 1960s she purposefully immersed herself into an active anti-Vietnam riot in San Francisco and a tidal wave at the beach just to see what these experiences would be like. Reda has traveled to the seven continents and 47 countries preferring to rough it on her travels such as fishing for piranha in the Piranha River in Brazil and leading four-wheel-drive trips both domestically to the Mojave Desert and internationally to remote Mongolia and Peru. More recently, in South Africa she survived an incursion with a boulder following aborted takeoff in a small aircraft. Reda has undergraduate and master's degrees in business, and an additional forty-plus university classes of various subjects. She's is a real estate investor in residential rental properties in Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
Appeared on the following broadcasts:
#1146 - Guests: Responsive Space #7 Participants including Dr. Jim Wertz, Reda Anderson, Dr. John Jurist, Dr.... (4/28/2009)
#996 - Guests: Reda Anderson; Linn LeBlanc , and Lisa Schott. Reda Anderson was the guest for the... (8/10/2008)
#957 - Guests: Space Cynics Shubber Ali, Tom Olson, and me (DrSpace aka Professor L) met... (6/8/2008)
#952 - Guests: ISDC 2008 Taped Interview #1 with Robert Zimmerman, Dr. Sean Casey, David Faulkner, Reda... (5/30/2008)
#818 - This program is the X Prize Cup 2007 series of interviews readied for the Sunday, Oct.... (10/28/2007)
#765 - This is the second of three Mars Society Conference program recorded live at the 2007 conference.... (9/3/2007)
#699 - Reda Anderson was the special guest for this program which aired on both Tuesday, April 10... (4/15/2007)

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