Exploring Atlantic Canyons & Seamounts





Star-Spangled Spectacular

Shortly after arriving in Baltimore, ROV Deep Discoverer was off-loaded from Okeanos Explorer to the pier that would be its home for the next few days.

Shortly after arriving in Baltimore, remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer was off-loaded from Okeanos Explorer to the pier that would be its home for the next few days. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts. Download high-resolution version (1.1 Mb).

September 16, 2014

From September 10-16, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and the NOAA Office of Exploration and Research participated in the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 2,100 people visited and toured the ship during this time. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but it was extremely exciting for our team to share our passion for exploration with our guests. If you don’t live in Baltimore or weren’t able to tour the ship, here are some pictures from our time in Baltimore.

 


 

Over 2,100 people visited Okeanos Explorer during our time in Baltimore. Here a group walks up the gangway to begin their tour.

Over 2,100 people visited Okeanos Explorer during our time in Baltimore. Here, a group walks up the gangway to begin their tour. Click image for larger view and image credit.


 

 

NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan and Chief Scientist Rick Spinrad demonstrate the value of mapping efforts sponsored by the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research off the US East Coast to Senator Barbara Mikulski.

NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan and Chief Scientist Rick Spinrad demonstrate the value of mapping efforts sponsored by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research off the U.S. East Coast to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Click image for larger view and image credit.



 

 

Okeanos Explorer’s officers received a visit from Captain Barnacles and Kwazii when the Octonauts joined our team in Baltimore.

Okeanos Explorer’s officers received a visit from Captain Barnacles and Kwazii when the Octonauts joined our team in Baltimore. Click image for larger view and image credit.


On the way into Baltimore, CBS 60 Minutes cameraman filmed Okeanos Explorer from the Bay Hydro II.

On the way into Baltimore, a cameraman from CBS's 60 Minutes filmed Okeanos Explorer from NOAA Ship Bay Hydro II. Click image for larger view and image credit.



 

 

NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan tours Okeanos Explorer.

NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan tours Okeanos Explorer. Click image for larger view and image credit.


Mapping team lead Meme Lobecker explains how Okeanos Explorer sonar systems acquire data and describes the some of the recent discoveries, including  hundreds of gas seeps along the eastern seaboard.

Mapping team lead Meme Lobecker explains how Okeanos Explorer sonar systems acquire data and describes the some of the recent discoveries, including hundreds of gas seeps along the eastern seaboard. Click image for larger view and image credit.


 

 

Okeanos Explorer ROV team lead, Dave Lovalvo, describes ROV operations and the mechanics of the vehicles to a group of US Naval Academy ocean engineering students.

Okeanos Explorer remotely operate vehicle (ROV) team lead, Dave Lovalvo, describes ROV operations and the mechanics of the vehicles to a group of U.S. Naval Academy ocean engineering students. Click image for larger view and image credit.


Okeanos Explorer docked at the National Aquarium during her stay in Baltimore.

Okeanos Explorer docked at the National Aquarium during her stay in Baltimore. Click image for larger view and image credit.



 

 

A deep sea red crab hangs out on a bubblegum coral. If you look carefully you can see a skate egg case on the same branch as the crab and a colony of the white morph of bubblegum coral in the background.

Roland Brian gives a tour of the control room and describes how ROV operations are conducted onboard Okeanos Explorer. Click image for larger view and image credit.


The view from Okeanos Explorer for the Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks.

The view from Okeanos Explorer for the Star-Spangled Spectacular fireworks. Click image for larger view and image credit.



 

 

To kick off the Star Spangled Spectacular, Sail Baltimore hosted a parade of ships which included tall ships, like the Gazela pictured here, as well as Navy, Coast Guard, and NOAA Ships.

To kick off the Star-Spangled Spectacular, Sail Baltimore hosted a parade of ships which included tall ships, like the Gazela pictured here, as well as Navy, Coast Guard, and NOAA ships. Click image for larger view and image credit.


Staff from our hosts, the National Aquarium, welcome Okeanos to Baltimore.

Staff from our hosts, the National Aquarium, welcome Okeanos to Baltimore. Click image for larger view and image credit.

 




 

 

NOAA’s R/V Bay Hydro II took a break from mapping the Chesapeake to join Okeanos in Baltimore for the Star Spangled Spectacular.

NOAA’s R/V Bay Hydro II took a break from mapping the Chesapeake to join Okeanos in Baltimore for the Star-Spangled Spectacular. Click image for larger view and image credit.


 

 

 

 

 

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