An underwater robot known as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carefully navigates the precarious terrain of Lo’ihi, an active undersea volcano located off the coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. The ROV’s operators maneuver the vehicle into a small opening in the wall of a crater, hoping to collect samples of a species potentially new to science. Will they succeed before an earthquake or eruption forces them to abort the mission?
Students participating in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s ROV competition had a chance to find out. Read the article to learn more.