Aquanaut scientists Adam and Andy are currently doing undersea research for the first part of the mission, and Liz and I will switch with them on June 17. To follow along with the undersea research, there's information on the Mission-31 website, video channel, and aquanaut scientist Adam Zenone's blog Zen1 for 31.The Northeastern team is also keeping a topside M31 science blog at View from the Surface.
IF YOU FIND THIS ...
Every morning at 5:30 a.m., Adam and Andy set-up the Goliath Grouper decoys (in the photo above) before the real grouper (and rest of us!) awake. Adam's blog post describes about how one got away!
Adam was forced to simply watch as one large grouper decoys slowly slipped upward after it crossed his dive "ceiling" -- the height he cannot pass due to saturation. I can only imagine being so close, but unable to swim after it. Adam describes more details about the research he and Andy are conducting in his blog, including why he's chatting and collaborating with Norway about research while underwater! Please keep a lookout for the grouper decoy and become a part of M31 research!
GIGABYTES OF OCEAN RESEARCH
Every two days, Adam and Andy generate 800 gigabytes of undersea research data; that's a lot of data (yea!). The prefix giga means 10 to the 9th power; so one gigabyte is 1,000,000,000 bytes. They only use solid state drives in the habitat even though spinning drives are cheaper because the pressure differences undersea squeeze the spinning drive too much. So, Adam and Andy pod their solid state hard drives to me from below , and I transfer the data to spinning drives. Keep the ocean data coming, guys!