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Sea craft to study volcano's vents to prepare for space missions

A NASA-funded craft called the In-situ Vent Analysis Divebot for Exobiology Research will study hydrothermal vents at the Axial Seamount underwater volcano off Oregon's coast to prepare for the eventual exploration of water-filled moons in the solar system. InVADER, which will spend a year at the volcano, will practice using its technologies in the deep sea and gather measurements and samples from the vents.

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