Alien Landscapes of Apollo Vent Field
There exist on planet earth a few, rare locations that offer glimpses into alien worlds. As part of the SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) expedition, Hercules and Argus were able to reveal the alien landscapes of the newly discovered Apollo vent field to the watching world on Nautilus Live. This work will help understand the potential for other ocean-bearing worlds in the solar system to support life and will inform designs for future deep-space missions. SUBSEA is a partnership between NASA Science Mission Directorate PSTAR Program, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Ocean Exploration Trust, and multiple academic research centers.
Album curated by Lead Science Communication Fellow Jon Willis. Images from Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live.
This expedition continues the multi-year SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) Research Program, a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and various academic research centers. Bringing together both ocean and space exploration teams aboard E/V Nautilus, SUBSEA blends ocean exploration with ocean worlds research to address knowledge gaps related to the exploration of our Solar System.