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From Mars to the deep

Navigation technology that helped NASA’s Perseverance rover land safely on Mars could guide robots in another unexplored terrain that’s much closer to home: the deepest trenches of the ocean.

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The R/V Sarmiento de Gamboa lights up the port while docked in Vigo, Spain. Photo by Marley Parker, @Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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A rusting DDT barrel is seen through cameras on ROV <em>Jason</em>(Photo courtesy of David Valentine / U.C. Santa Barbara / ROV Jason)
Amy Kukulya steadies a dolly holding the Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, or LRAUV, as U.S. Coast Guard avionics technician Fernando del Cid attaches the vehicle to a Jayhawk helicopter during a test deployment in Woods Hole. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Citizen scientist Seán Doran created this mosaic of NASA's Mars rover Perseverance and Ingenuity helicopter, using 62 images captured by Perseverance on April 6, 2021. (Image courtesy of Seán Doran, NASA JPL Caltech / MSSS)
An aggregation of ocean twilight zone creatures from the silver hatchet fish to the fearsome fangtooth and more. (Paul Caiger, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Today, WHOI and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) launched an Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) consortium, focused on the critical role of oceans in combatting climate change, and developing new solutions at the intersection of oceans and climate.
Carolyn Sheild, a 7th grade life sciences teacher in Lexington, Mass., enters the human-occupied submersible <em>Alvin</em> before a dive to the East Pacific Rise in 2007. (Photo courtesy Carolyn Sheild)
Close-up of a Northern Star Coral (Astrangia poculata) colony taken from a microscope in the laboratory at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island.
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Ropeless tech avoids the need for vertical lines. (Photo courtesy of EdgeTech)
Several intrepid explorers trek out onto the thick Arctic ice sheet to get ice cores that will give them insights into large-scale shifts due to climate change ( Photo by © Luis Lama
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Engineer and Alvin Pilot Drew Bewley working in the Alvin Birdcage
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Harriet Harden-Davies has spent more than 10 years in the marine policy arena, participating in crucial negotiations with United Nations members  (Photo by Paul Jones © the University of Wollongong in Australia)
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