Something major in the ocean exploration community happened last Friday. We lost the Nereus HROV while it was exploring the Kemadec Trench in the South Pacific, one of the deepest trenches in the world, while on an incredible 6 mile dive. Nereus was a one-of-a-kind robot and a real loss.
Grace Young is an MIT ocean engineer, aquanaut and ocean explorer. She was a scientist/engineer with Cousteau's Mission 31. She's currently a PhD student at University of Oxford, chief scientist for the Pisces VI deepsea submarine, and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.