The mission's Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit a fist-size rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.
Jeff Bezos says he's found the rockets that lifted Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew toward the moon and that he'll recover them from the seafloor.
Road Trip 2010: In a quest to uncover secrets of the deep, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have developed cutting-edge software and a series of high-tech underwater vehicles.
This spectacular sequence is a closer view of the eruption with violent magma degassing events producing bright flashes of hot magma. Lava is blown up into the water before settling back to the seafloor, and large plugs of lava flow rapidly down the slope. In the foreground is the front of the Jason remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) with sampling hoses. The area in view is about 6-10 feet across in an eruptive area approximately 100 yards that runs along the summit.
Scientists get an up-close (and high-def) look at molten lava and billowing ash in the deepest underwater volcanic eruption ever seen.
Gearing up to set sail, NOAA's high-tech ship is dedicated to deep-ocean exploration and public education.
Responding to overwhelming speculation that its Google Earth ocean floor mapping software had discovered the mythical lost city of Atlantis, Google called in some scientists to explain it all.