Just after daybreak this morning, the scientists and crew aboard the Investigador spotted the Scarlet Knight Glider bobbing up and down on the surface of the ocean off the coast of Spain. During the next few minutes, a camera crew and divers took pictures of the glider in the water to document the accumulation of biological growth on the hull for future research. Then, with cameras rolling in and above the water, scientists from Rutgers University and Puertos del Estado pulled the Scarlet Knight from the waves after its long adventure.
The Scarlet Knight, also known as RU27, spent over 220 days in the water and travelled 7,389 km (4,591 miles) to reach its destination in European waters, becoming the first underwater robot to cross the Atlantic ocean.
The ship and glider are currently making their way back to the port of Baiona, Spain, and should arrive early Saturday morning. An official celebration in Baiona will be held on December 9th. Shortly thereafter, the glider will make it’s way back to the United States where additional celebrations will be held at Rutgers University and in Washington D.C. before hopefully going on tour around the country.For more information about the glider, and to see the latest news on her recovery, please check out our Atlantic Crossing site at http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/atlantic.
We also encourage you to check out a sneak “preview” of the forthcoming documentary on the glider’s voyage. Just as RU27 was piloted by undergraduate students on her mission, much of the documentary was filmed and is being edited by students in the Rutgers writing program. You can see the preview of their work at http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu.
Finally, don’t forget to keep up to date on all the celebrations by following the glider on Twitter, Facebook, or the I-COOL Science Blog.
Thank you for being part of the adventure!
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