NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

The ship leaves Wellington and heads south with 20 science staff and 19 crew on board to learn more about key environmental and biological processes in the Ross Sea. Voyage leader and fisheries scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll says this is the third in a series of voyages focused on providing baseline information about the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) established in 2017.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

John Brosnan waits on board the RV Kaharoa after returning to New Zealand from an epic 75-day voyage.NIWA has deployed more than 1100 Argo floats in the Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean over 22 voyages since 2004, more than any other individual vessel.

NIWA crew face record time at sea

NIWA crew face record time at sea

Coronavirus delays have already disrupted other voyages in the international Argo float programme and NIWA oceanographer Dr Phil Sutton says this could lead to data gaps in the research.

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Voyager 2 had a bit more to do; not only would it also visit Jupiter and Saturn, it would become the first spacecraft to fly by Uranus and Neptune.Photograph: NASA/JPLAfter traveling about 400 million miles, Voyager 2 arrived at Saturn, where it snapped this seemingly sideways photo of the ringed beauty.

Tangaroa heads back to sea – with social distancing

Tangaroa heads back to sea – with social distancing

Planning for this voyage has presented a few challenges for NIWA vessel operations manager Greg Foothead as he waited to hear if lockdown restrictions would be eased in time for the ship to leave.

Science voyage cut short for researchers, crew to be with family

Science voyage cut short for researchers, crew to be with family

While the ship could have remained at sea until its intended return, NIWA vessels manager Greg Foothead said the decision was made to bring the ship back early so those on board could be reunited with families in the nationwide lockdown.

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species.

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Not only were they the first spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt, Jupiter, and Saturn; they even carried with them a plaque that carried a message on behalf of all humankind.

Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

We have the Voyager program to thank for some of this week’s spirals: When Voyager 1 first flew past Jupiter in 1979, it photographed the monster tempest swirling around and over on itself, and in 1989 Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and spied a small spiral storm that NASA nicknamed “Scooter.” Farther beyond are galaxies like our own spiral that contain gorgeous illuminated arms speckled with starlight.

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

The mission uncovered two worlds very unlike any other planets in our solar system, and we now know that both have rings, as well as robust storms and bizarre icy moons.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let's Go!

Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let's Go!

In light of this dilemma, some planetary scientists have already started discussing what a flagship mission to the outer solar system might look like, so that if the decadal survey green-lights a mission to an ice giant, they can start working on it immediately.

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

The 21 scientists, supported by 19 crew, have been focusing on gathering baseline information to monitor the year-old Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). Voyage leader and NIWA scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll said good weather and a general lack of sea ice enabled science work to continue uninterrupted.

Scientists voyage into the Antarctic unknown

Scientists voyage into the Antarctic unknown

Voyage leader Dr Richard O’Driscoll says the main aim of the trip is to increase knowledge about key processes in the Ross Sea and to provide baseline information about the MPA so scientists can start to evaluate its effectiveness.

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

The self-driving company Voyage tests in retirement communities in California and Florida, lands of warm and unfussy weather, well-maintained roads, simple traffic patterns, and slower street speeds.

Space Photos of the Week: Thanks, Solar System Voyagers

Space Photos of the Week: Thanks, Solar System Voyagers

But there was one fantastic finale for the Voyager probes as they wrapped up work in the solar system.On February 14, 1990—Valentines Day—Voyager 1 turned back to face Earth from 4 billion miles away, and took its final photo.