Okeanos Explorer Signature Expeditions
Bring the excitement of late-breaking ocean discoveries to your classroom through lesson plans, curricula, Expedition Education Modules, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Materials Collection, and more.
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is a ship of discovery. Scientists and technicians on board work with shore-based exploration teams to use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and other sensors and systems to conduct preliminary investigations, developing enough data to provide an energized science community with justification for future investigations.
Unlike many other ocean expeditions supported by NOAA, scientists remaining on shore and participating in Okeanos Explorer expeditions often outnumber scientists on the ship. Via telepresence, live images from the seafloor and other science data travel over satellite and high-speed Internet pathways to scientists standing watches in any of five Exploration Command Centers ashore as well as anyone with an Internet connection.