The yellow submarine dubbed Boaty McBoatface returned from its maiden voyage to Antarctica with unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth, Cambridge scientists with the British Antarctic Survey said.
Boaty – officially called the RRS Sir David Attenborough despite ‘Boaty McBoatface’ winning an online poll to name the vessel – completed three missions during the expedition to the Orkney Passage, a part of the Southern Ocean about 5,000 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.
The unmanned submersible returned aboard the RRS James Clark Ross to Southampton last week.
The information the expedition collected on temperature, speed of water flow and underwater turbulence rates will help scientists study the global circulation of ocean water and how that process affects climate change.
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