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In 2016, the research vessel Neil Armstrong replaced R/V Knorr, which the Institution has operated since 1970. Named for the American hero whose “small step” provided humanity with a new perspective on our planet, this vessel will carry on its namesake’s legacy of exploration. (Veronique LaCapra, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Researchers rely on sophisticated ships to get a firsthand look at the ocean environment and to carry their tools and instruments into it.

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The spread of plastics and oil in Sri Lanka from the wreck of M/V X-Press Pearl

On May 20, 2021, the cargo ship M/V X-Press Pearl caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. The container ship was carrying 78 metric tons of a material known as plastic nurdles. What happens now?

Gift enables new investments in ocean technologies

A grant from the Coleman and Susan Burke Foundation has allowed WHOI to make crucial investments in remote technology that enhance research innovation at sea. New video monitors aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong will allow scientists and crew to video conference throughout the ship or with colleagues on shore. The Burke Foundation also funded three…

Working from Home: Dante Cusolito

With some mechanical skills, foam board, and an oceanographic mind, Dante Cusolito found the perfect way to spend his time at home

WHOI Honors the 50th Anniversary of the Moonwalk

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on another world. Today the WHOI research vessel bearing his name carries on the legacy of exploration and discovery. R/V Neil Armstrong: one giant leap for the ocean.

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From Oceanus Magazine

Adapt or retreat:

No solution is off the table to prepare for sea level rise in Woods Hole

Gift enables new investments in ocean technologies

A grant from the Coleman and Susan Burke Foundation has allowed WHOI to make crucial investments in remote technology that enhance research innovation at sea. New video monitors aboard the…

Students Get Their Sea Legs

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is known for its ocean-going research. But some incoming graduate students in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program may never have set foot a large research ship before.…

Illuminating the Ocean with Sound

WHOI’s new research vessel Niel Armstrong is equipped with an EK80 broadband acoustic echo sounder. Using a wide range of sound frequencies, it gives scientists the ability to identify and distinguish between different types of marine life in the depths.

The Quest for the Moho

For more than a century, scientists have made several attempts to drill a hole through Earth’s ocean crust to an interior layer of rock in Earth’s interior called the mantle.