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Alvin's front viewports


The research sub Alvin recently completed an "extreme makeover" that included a more spacious personnel sphere and more, larger viewports. The rebuilt sub now boasts three front viewports that allow the pilot and two scientist-passengers to share the view to the front, which lets them work better together to sample the seafloor or place and collect equipment. Any resemblance of Alvin’s new "face" to a many-eyed jumping spider is purely coincidental. (Photo by Rod Catanach, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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