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Meet Jason

May 8, 2013

Originally posted on Deepwater Canyons:

front view of Jason

The retractable arm on the front of Jason. Image courtesy of Liz Baird, Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER-BOEM/USGS

The best thing is when the chief scientist is so excited that he can’t sit down.

—Tito Collasius, Expedition Leader and Chief Pilot

The ROV Jason transports images back to the ship — images of corals and fish, crabs and squid, shipwrecks and fishing gear — with amazing clarity. The three high definition cameras, coupled with the sonar help create a mental map of the sea floor. For the scientists on board, finding that elusive solitary coral or long lost wreck makes them stand up with excitement. Built and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Jason is a part of the Deep Submergence Laboratory and the National Deep Submergence Facility.

Just as in the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts, Jason is dependent upon Medea to perform tasks. In the legend, Jason is…

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