Crew members gather in the Okeanos Explorer's control room while ROV operations are underway on July 7.
In a deep-sea expedition first, several members of the science team, including Holden, participated remotely via "expedition command centers." Stationed in these high-tech rooms, scientists in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Seattle, Washington, were linked to the ship via satellite, vast video screens, and high-speed Internet. (See pictures of one such facility.)
"Telepresence represents a new paradigm for ocean research, similar to a NASA control room," said Holden, who is stationed in Jakarta. "As a seagoing oceanographer, it takes some getting used to."