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Alvin Program and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution honored with IEEE Milestone for Technical Innovation and Excellence

October 28, 2022
(L to R) Saifur Rahman, IEEE president-elect, Albert “Sandy” J. Williams, III, Scientist Emeritus, and Peter de Menocal, WHOI President and Director, at the IEEE Milestone dedication for HOV Alvin. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been recognized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology, through its Milestone program for the long-running success of its human-occupied…

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CNN: Humans can dive deeper into the world’s oceans than ever before with Alvin

October 15, 2022
Hydrothermal vents deep under the ocean spewing black smoky clouds

  WHOI scientists talk with CNN about what the sub’s latest upgrade means for deep-sea science. Read the whole story. 

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For Deep Ocean Mining, Questions Abound

September 29, 2022

ROV Jason is helping researchers get their arms around the question of what damage seafloor mining might do to little-studied deep-ocean ecosystems. Learn more in this podcast from Undark magazine.

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Solveit for Kids with Rosa Leon Zayas

September 21, 2022

Willamette University environmental microbiologist Rosa León Zayas recounts her deep dive in HOV Alvin during the sub’s recent science verification expedition for the podcast Solveit for Kids.

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The little sub that could: Woods Hole tests the limits of science with ‘Alvin’ submersible

September 9, 2022

Swimmers Matt Skorina and Kaitlyn Beardshear prepare Alvin for recovery after a dive. Skilled divers attach lines that allow for the 40,000-pound vehicle to be winched back up to the…

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A look back at Alvin science verification (video)

September 1, 2022

The human-occupied submersible Alvin is ready to return to scientific research at its newly certified maximum depth of 6500 meters (4 miles). That’s the conclusion of a team of scientists who have…

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Alvin Science Verification by the Numbers

August 31, 2022
Members of the Alvin operations team enjoy early-morning coffee and conversation on the aft deck on August 18, 2022. In total, the whole team consumed 140 pounds of coffee. Photo by Marley Parker © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

“The new capabilities of a 6500-meter rated Alvin will continue the tradition of enabling generations of scientists the opportunity to make discoveries that will change the way we view the ocean and our world,” Soule says. “It’s an honor to be a part of that tradition.”

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From deep space to the deep sea

August 30, 2022
Andy Klesh smiles as he climbs out of Alvin after a successful dive on August 13, 2022. Photo by Marley Parker © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Guest post by Andrew Klesh, engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Exploring the unknown requires creativity, daring, and determination,” Klesh writes in the Alvin Science Verification Blog. “Space and ocean explorers are learning from each other to advance exploration.”

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Pushing back the darkness

August 29, 2022

Members of the scientific and engineering teams on Atlantis align Alvin’s new lights on deck before taking them on their first dive. (Photo ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Below about 200…

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Cayman News Service: DoE staffer first Caymanian to dive the Cayman Trench

August 26, 2022

(CNS): Sabrina Douglas, assistant geographical information systems (GIS) and field support specialist at the Department of Environment, became the first Caymanian to dive the depths of the Cayman Trench inside Alvin,…

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