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Images: Alvin's Pilots

Alvin has safely transported more than 8,000 researchers on more than 4,100 dives to depths of 14,764 feet (4,500 meters). (Photo by Mark Spear, WHOI)

The research vessel Atlantis serves as the support vessel for Alvin operations. During each recovery, two certified swimmers help bring the sub back to the ship. (Photo by Amy Nevala, WHOI) (Photo by Amy Nevala, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Current pilots and pilots-in-training with the Alvin group on a spring 2005 expedition to the Galapagos Rift included (from left) Anthony Berry, Mark Spear, Patrick Hickey, Bruce Strickrott, Anthony Tarantino, and Gavin Eppard. (Photo by Dave Gallo, WHOI)