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Explore the Ocean Floor From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

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Lisa Winter

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clockApr 14 2014, 20:02 UTC
673 Explore the Ocean Floor From The Comfort Of Your Own Home
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If you want to discover what deep sea exploration is like, you don’t have to head to the nearest submarine quite yet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is currently carrying out the Okeanos Explorer mission. This three-week-long trek is exploring the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico with a remote vehicle. 

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There will be not just one, but THREE live feeds available during this mission. What is shown on the stream depends on the team’s current status. When the remote vehicles are out into the water, the stream will show the live feed of the ocean, the view of the ship’s deck, and the realtime data the scientists are receiving on land. 

Since the launch on Thursday, the webcast has shown an underwater brine pool, gas seeps, and some coral beds. Before the April 30 conclusion of the mission, they also hope to explore some underwater canyons and even shipwrecks that are over 200 years old. 

Today, the deepwater remote vehicle is 1100 m below the surface, searching for coral habitats. The Okeanos Explorer crew will be updating their website with what is coming up next, so be sure to check it out! If you do happen to miss out on the action, they are posting the highlights from the dives on their website.

Tune in to the live feeds here: 

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