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Tracking the ups and downs of Axial Seamount

July 10, 2024
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Story by Marley Parker Bright lights illuminate rain drops splattering across the back deck of R/V Atlantis. It’s just after 2:00 a.m., but the entire ROV team (and most of…

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Science enabled by NDSF vehicles at Ocean Sciences

February 5, 2024

Learn how data collected from NDSF vehicles is moving science forward. Here are some talks featuring our vehicles at the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting 2024.

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How to catch a plume

November 21, 2023

Sampling hydrothermal iron with adaptive AUV Sentry dives. A cruise of unusual and uniquely challenging Sentry missions: real-time course modifications, remotely triggered sample collection, and flying the vehicle in midwater.

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Eleven new Alvin divers!

September 27, 2023

In August, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored three days of engineering dives with human-occupied vehicle Alvin off the coast of San Diego, California. The vehicle team and crew of R/V Atlantis took federal agency representatives from the National Science Foundation, ONR, NAVSEA, Office of Management and Budget, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and WHOI leadership on a short expedition to demonstrate the intricate operations and rigorous protocols that enable safe scientific submersible operations.

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Robot Rescues!

August 29, 2023

ROV Jason assists in the recovery of three autonomous research platforms-two of which were unplanned-during the Visions 23 expedition to the Ocean Observatories Initiative Regional Cabled Array. Read more >

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Mission accomplished!

July 31, 2023

The PROTATAX23 Science Team and members of the Jason Team on deck of R/V Thomas Thompson. (Photo by Thompson AB Elena Wisecarver, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The numbers and teamwork…

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Volcanos, vents, and creatures of the deep, oh my (Part 2)

July 28, 2023

Jason uses an isobaric gas-tight (IGT) sampler to collect fluids flowing from a hydrothermal vent in the Pacific that supplies chemicals supporting lush, vibrant ecosystems. (hoto courtesy of Stefan Sievert,…

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Volcanos, vents, and creatures of the deep, oh my (Part 1)

July 27, 2023

In 2015, Jason explored the inside of the Havre volcano on the seafloor near New Zealand. (Photo courtesy of Dan Fornari and S. Adam Soule, WHOI, and Rebecca Carey, Univ.…

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Deep-sea access is more important than ever

July 26, 2023

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow Bonnie Teece working with a major water sampler after a Jason dive. These samplers, invented after the discovery of hydrothermal vents, are capable of…

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Our eyes and hands on the seafloor

July 25, 2023

WHOI Associate Scientist Maria Pachiadaki with her instrument miniSID, which can perform experiments at hydrothermal vents while on the seafloor. (Photo by Hannah Piecuch ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Q&A with…

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