Behind the scenes

Testing the Deep ESP


April 17, 2013

The Deep Environmental Sample Processor (D-ESP) is being tested in MBARI’s test tank this week in preparation of a six-month deployment on the Monterey Advanced Research System (MARS) cabled observatory. With funding from NASA’s ASTEP program (Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring the Planets), the D-ESP will autonomously detect, sample, and process microorganisms on the seafloor and surrounding waters 891 meters (2,923 feet) below the surface of Monterey Bay.