Comets and Dogie Diver in the crate

First two GO-BGC floats of A22 ready for launch! Comets decorated by Caitlin Webster and Jesse Anderson; Dogie Diver decorated by Caitlin Webster

April 26, 2021

A22 starts heading north

At 0316 UTC (coordinated Universal Time) on April 25th, 2021, the ninth float of the newly NSF funded GO-BGC Array program was launched over the side after CTD Station #18. Huge thanks to the support of the US-GOSHIP program and the researchers onboard the A22 Expedition.

Comets (WMO #5906437) was named by the Starside Elementary School in DerSoto, Kansas. The reasoning for the name:

This is the mascot for our elementary school and I hope researchers “shoot for the stars” while exploring the deep and “dark” depths of the ocean.

Stephen Jalickee was the shipboard technician in charge of this launch and the float was decorated by Caitlin Webster and Jesse Anderson.

Comets - GO-BGC Float

Comets decorated by Caitlin Webster and Jesse Anderson. Photo by Jesse Anderson

Stephen Jalickee and Comets

Marine Tech Stephen Jalickee has secured Comets to the rail just prior to launch. Photo by Holly Olivarez