Rutgers Experimental Underwater Glider Emerges from the Depths

Making History, the RU-27 Successfully Crosses the Atlantic

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By Ari Daniel Shapiro

The Rutgers University's Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, or COOL Room, was bustling last Thursday at midnight.  More than thirty students and scientists pored anxiously over the dozens of monitors coating the walls and tabletops.  Maps of the Atlantic Ocean and west coast of Spain filled 6 of the screens.  Everyone was waiting to hear the code words that would mark a successful recovery of the underwater glider, called RU-27

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