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The Rise of Orpheus (Part 2)

WHOI’s new deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle moves one step closer to exploring the hadal zone—the deepest region of the ocean—to search for new clues about the limits of life on Earth, and possibly beyond.

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Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser poses for a quick photo before taking off on the Research Vessel Connecticut to run several observations along Stellwagen Bank off the coast of Massachusetts. (Photo by Daniel Hentz | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Erin Fischell testing new vehicles at Ashumet Pond on Cape Cod. Photo by Thomas N. Kleindinst | WHOI
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Erin Fischell tests a new autonomous underwater vehicle
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Jeff Pietro and Will Ostrom deploying an Environmental Sample Processor surface buoy.
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The <i>Neil Armstrong</i> crew begins lowering <i>Orpheus</i> into the Atlantic Ocean for one of the three dives planned for the expedition. (Photo by Emiley Lockhart, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A southern right whale surfaces in the clear waters off the coast of Península Valdés. Photo by Fredrik Christiansen, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
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Summertime ice melt along the Greenland Ice Sheet has sped up in recent decades, causing more fresh water to flow into the surrounding ocean. The fresh water carries nutrients and organic carbon, which can affect the growth rates of marine microbes. MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Matt Osman and WHOI associate scientist Sarah Das, along with scientists from the University of Alberta, are studying the rates at which microbes living in these ocean waters metabolize and grow in order to determine how future melting may affect ecosystems and carbon storage in the ocean. (Photo by Matt Osman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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