The weather models predicted today to be the calmest of our cruise, so today we recovered the Rover. Like the Mars Rover, the deep-sea Rover II is a self-driving tank that stops at planned intervals to run experiments on its environment.
Today we made the most of the good weather. In the morning we launched the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts, which descended at 35 meters (115 feet) per minute to make its way to Station M by around breakfast time.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.