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Deep-sea research vessel returning to shore

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After one month out at sea testing the new remotely operated vehicle Subastian, the Schmidt Ocean Institute Research vessel Falkor is now on its way back to shore. The 25-day trip through waters surrounding Guam included roughly 100 hours of underwater dives at depths up to 4,500 meters.

Communications manager Carlie Weiner told KUAM News, "We'll be back in November for our science verification cruise and for our first research cruise in the Mariana Back Arc in late-November, and that's going to be a repeat visit for us we were here last year."

The November cruise will revisit three hydrothermal vents the ship discovered last year. And with the newly tested ROV Subastian on board, scientists will be able to get a closer look at the biology and ecosystems surrounding those vents.

All data collected from the cruise will be openly available to the public and scientists around the world.

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