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Go Down Jason, Let My Mooring Go

Go Down Jason, Let My Mooring Go

A team hustles to rescue a key instrument from the depths

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In 2010, an experiment led by physical oceanographer Ruth Curry put six subsurface moorings on the seafloor to measure deep-sea currents. In 2012, when they went to retrieve the instruments, a trigger mechanism failed to release the key sixth mooring. Curry brought together a gung-ho team from the WHOI Buoy Group and deep-sea robot Jason to try to get it back.

 

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