The researchers from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are obtaining exciting new footage using the ROV Deep Discovery from the exploration vessel Okeanos Explorer. Their mission is to fill in gaps in their knowledge by surveying and mapping out the vast trench and its surrounding waters.
Up to three cameras are streaming live pictures at any one time from the site, which lies to the east of the Philippines and extends in places as much as seven miles deep. Enthusiastic and informative commentary is provided by experts based either aboard Okeanos Explorer or onshore.
Viewers have plenty of time to watch because the expedition, which began on 20 April, continues until 10 July. The proceedings can be seen at NOAA’s website (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html), and for those who don’t have time to virtual-dive all day, NOAA posts daily updates from each dive, with highlight videos and images. The livestreaming is also available on YouTube.
And to put the ocean depths right at your fingertips, you can download a mobile app to your smartphone or tablet – it’s called NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research.