It’s a relatively small ship for WHOI, but a giant leap for the oceanographic research community.
Or something like that. We’re full of space age innuendo, since Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution welcomed its new research vessel, the R/V Neil Armstrong to its home port yesterday. You might be wondering about the connections between space and marine research, but the fact is, humans have explored more of the moon than our own deep sea. But with this new ship, the next generation of oceanographers will have the chance to take that “giant leap for mankind” as they learn more about climate change, ocean circulation, deep-sea biology, and so much more.
We were honored to take part in covering this historic day for the Institution (and for Woods Hole). Daniel had a blast getting 4K aerials from the helicopter, while Elise and fellow videographers Matt Rissell and Matt Barton filmed the arrival from the pier. WHOI staff aboard the Armstrong and Tioga grabbed footage from the water. With the four GoPros, we had nine cameras rolling!
Working with the folks at WHOI Communications, we cut a selects reel and video press release by the end of the day. We’ll be excited to see the results in the media, but in the meantime, check out this video press release.
Not only did our ship come in yesterday, we’ll get the chance to go out on her too! We’ll be capturing images and live-blogging during a science verification cruise in June!