Boaty McBoatface, the UK's favourite yellow submarine, has returned from its first major science expedition. The vehicle was used in the Antarctic to map the movement of deep, cold water as it moves away from the White Continent towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Scientists say this flow of water plays an important role in helping to regulate the Earth's climate system. Boaty made a total of three dives, reaching down to 4,000m below the surface.
And by all accounts, it acquired a remarkable set of new data. "We were extremely pleased with Boaty's performance," said Prof Alberto Naveira-Garabato from the University of Southampton, the lead scientist for the investigations conducted from the deck of the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross.
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