The submersible Alvin prepares for a dive in September 2009. Photo by Rod Catanach, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Boston Globe: Launched during the Space Age and overshadowed by missions to the moon, the deep-diving submersible known as Alvin has nonetheless racked up an impressive list of explorations over more than 40 years of plying the world’s oceans.

Alvin has logged more than 4,300 dives and 30,000 hours exploring the deep ocean, diving a combined total of more than 9 million meters along the way. (Bill Lange, Tim Shank, and the Alvin Group, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

And now, after a year-long retrofit, Alvin is ready to tackle what many scientists consider the last frontier on earth—the deepest parts of the ocean floor—and transmit its findings back in broadcast-quality pictures and video.

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