After four months of survey, the CATALYST 2 team recovered the last vehicle and headed home. Even though we didn't locate Amelia Earhart's lost Electra, the overwhelming feeling was one of accomplishment. We had run continuous 24/7 AUV operations at 5200 meters below the surface in one of the remotest regions of the ocean. Our AUVs flew more than 7000 linear miles over the ocean bottom, and our survey revealed 2200 square-miles of previously unmapped sea floor. Our science operations and net trawls were an outstanding success, and we managed to get every single person home - safe and sound. It was a mission none of us will soon forget.
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