During the second half, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity worked on sev­eral sci­ence projects and the aqua­nauts col­lected DNA from 12 species of sponges to send to the Ocean Genome Legacy, a non­profit with a mis­sion to explore, pre­serve and pro­tect the genetic bio­di­ver­sity of the oceans.

And aqua­naut Grace Young, who just grad­u­ated from MIT, used the pio­neering Edgertronic high-​​speed video camera for the first time under water to cap­ture never-​​before-​​seen slow-​​motion images of a manta shrimp eating a goby and a Christmas tree worm retreating into its shell.

We were shooting at like 2,000 frames per second, so it was really spe­cial what we could see,” Young said.

In footage of corals trying to eat plankton as it flowed by, Young said she found her­self “rooting for the plankton.”

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