NASA Studying Underwater Volcano For…

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NASA is teaming up with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for SUBSEA, which stands for Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog. This is an exciting new project that combines deep sea and space exploration while utilizing advanced technology.

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Using the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel owned by the Ocean Exploration Trust, the team will study an underwater volcano off the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. They hope that this research will help to learn more about extraterrestrial life, as well as Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.

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According to SUBSEA, the Lo’ihi volcanic seamount has properties that closely resemble Enceladus, and could teach us about alien life. NASA’s website says, “Ocean exploration on Earth and interplanetary exploration in space could share similar approaches, and NASA and its partners are studying how.”

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SUBSEA will collect and analyze samples from a variety of pressures and temperatures, alongside previous data, in order to test predictions for habitability in these types of environments. Nautilus is equipped with a team of remotely operated vehicles, also known as ROVs, Hercules and Argus. The team will also use the vessel’s multi beam mapping system and mapping tools Diana and Echo. These features allow deep sea exploration of unknown parts of the ocean to a depth of 4000 meters.

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Nautilus also has a studio on board powered by a SeaTel satellite communication system that allows for live streaming. Footage can be viewed all over the world from their website by anyone, but it is often used by schools, museums, aquariums, and science centers. Check out the video below taken from another NOAA mission of an undersea eruption…

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