Until recently, the obstacles facing deep-sea explorers were almost insurmountable. Venturing into complete darkness, frigid water, and extremely high pressures made research nearly impossible.

Sophisticated diving craft and precise remote sensors are revolutionizing marine science. Researchers are finding remarkable animals and microscopic life.

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

gene carl feldman (gene@seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov) (301) 286-9428
Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)