Boaty McBoatface Is Going on Its First Mission

Submersible is heading to Antarctica
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2017 2:13 PM CDT
In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, pieces of thawing ice are scattered along the beachshore at Punta Hanna, Livingston Island, South Shetland Island archipelago, Antarctica.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(Newser) – Boaty McBoatface is going into action. The remotely operated underwater research vessel will be undertaking its first research mission as part of an Antarctic expedition that starts Friday, NPR reports. The submersible, of course, was named Boaty McBoatface after that name won an online poll that was supposed to pick the name of a new UK research ship. The UK decided to name that ship the RRS David Attenborough instead, but gave the Boaty name instead to a trio of underwater vehicles, the BBC reports. It's one of those vehicles that will be heading to the Orkney Passage to study Antarctic Bottom Water, looking at its movement and turbulence in an effort to improve climate change models. (Read more Boaty McBoatface stories.)

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