2018 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Exploring Lōʻihi Seamount with SUBSEA | Nautilus Live

Lō`ihi Seamount

Aug 23, 2018 to Sep 11, 2018 — NA100

This expedition marks the beginning of the multi-year SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) Research Program, a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and various academic 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 habitability potential of other planets in our Solar System.

The SUBSEA team will be conducting telerobotic science to observe, survey, gather instrument data, and collect samples from fluid venting locations at isolated seamounts in the deep ocean as analog environments to hydrothermal systems on other ocean worlds, or planets with water. The submarine volcano of the Lō`ihi Seamount is part of a volcanic system detached from Earth’s plate tectonic boundaries, with geologic history and current hydrothermal venting that makes it a relevant analog environment to other ocean worlds.

The SUBSEA team will also test approaches and protocols developed to apply ocean exploration techniques to space exploration. Operations will include constraining the telepresence operation on board Nautilus with artificial low latency, demonstrating an analogous model where an astronaut might guide robots deployed on Mars while in orbit around that world. These operations will significantly contribute to the state of knowledge of methods for productively and safely conducting long duration telerobotic missions with visual observation, instrument data and sample collection under time delay.

Sponsored by: NOAA Office of Exploration and Research & NASA Science Mission Directorate PSTAR program

Meet the Team

Photo of Brianna  Alanis
Science/Data Team
Photo of Eric Chan
Science/Data Team
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Mugdha Flores
Science/Data Team
Photo of Chris German
Science/Data Team
Photo of Nicole Gottschalk
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Michael Hannaford
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Kristopher Krasnosky
Navigator, High Resolution Mapper
Photo of Darlene Lim
Science/Data Team
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Megan Lubetkin
Science / Data Team
Photo of Basia Marcks
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Leigh Marsh
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Matthew Miller
Science/Data Team
Photo of Zara Mirmalek
Science/Data Team, Ethnographer/SUBSEA research
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Emanuele Raggi
Navigator, High Resolution Mapper
Photo of Nicole Raineault
Expedition Leader
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Miles Saunders
Photo of Jeffrey Seewald
Science/Data Team
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Amy Smith
Science/Data Team
Photo of Wendy Snyder
Argus Pilot
Photo of Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ariel Waldman
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Antonella Wilby
ROV Engineering
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Photo of Jenny Woodman
Science Communication Fellow


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