The team is gathering in Woods Hole, MA for final preparations before we depart on the R/V Atlantis Saturday morning. Yesterday was spent moving boxes and crates onto the ship, unpacking, and organizing. Today we are preparing the lab spaces for our experiments and analyses. We are also being trained how to use the new HOG sampler designed and built by the Lang lab. The HOG sampler will be our primary tool for collecting water samples at the Lost City. Being on the ship is a reminder that these scientific research expeditions require the coordinated efforts of many different people including the ship’s crew, engineers, and administrative staff in addition to the ROV Jason team and the scientists.