Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin

Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • Reddit “Ask ME Anything” About the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin

    June 16, 2018  |  By Adrienne Copeland

    The Science Team aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer answering questions from the Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on June 14.

    Thursday, June 14, 2018, was an action packed day on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Not only was it the first dive of the Windows to the Deep 2018 expedition, but the ship board team also hosted a Reddit AMA, or “Ask Me Anything,” where anyone across the world could ask the scientists onboard questions they had about exploring deep-sea habitats of the southeast U.S. Continental Margin. The onboard team of Derek Sowers, Kasey Cantwell, Cheryl Morrison, and Leslie Sautter answered a range of questions from the coolest thing they have seen underwater, to mapping sonars and data processing, to life at sea, and many more.

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  • Video Log: Dive 01: Brittle Star Breaststroke

    June 14, 2018  |  By Chris Mah

    Brittlestar swimming in the water column.

    A few days ago, viewers of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's live video were treated to an observation rarely seen in nature and almost certainly for the FIRST time by public eyes! This was an astonishing video observation of a swimming brittle star.

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  • New Beginnings

    June 14, 2018  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    The team preps for the first remotely operated vehicle dive of the mission on a cloudy morning.

    Expedition Coordinator Kasey Cantwell loves that moment when the ship finally clears the channel, with the open ocean in front of her. The next few weeks are filled with the promise of new discovery and excitement for what is to come. Though she knows there will be a million twists and turns, technical issues, and challenging weather, for right now, it’s hard not to smile at the start of a new expedition.

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