The Corps of Exploration are always busy during dives, but the action continues when the ROVs are out of the water. Check out some pictures highlighting what the scientists and engineers do in-between dives. This expedition involves a lot of new equipment added on to Hercules that enables scientists on the ship and on shore at the Inner Space Center to learn about the underwater volcano.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.