A fact that never ceases to amaze: We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about what's in the deep sea. Because of this earthly blind spot, some new weirdness nearly always pops up any time we venture down there. We're definitely not complaining.
It's Goin' Down
In December 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) completed its first of three missions to the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The mission of the NOAA team aboard the Okeanos Explorer was to both map the seafloor more than 2,000 feet below the surface and explore the diversity of these deep-water habitats. As far as the photographic souvenirs go, this month-long expedition did not disappoint. Thanks to a mix of remote-operated submersibles and shore-based instruments, we now have a bunch of stunning images of previously unexplored areas. Check them out below.