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From: Tim Killeen
Hydrate Ridge, Pacific Ocean, September 8, 2009

Alvin Heads Back to the Surface

To return to the surface, Bruce jettisoned two sets of weights and we began to ascend, again very gracefully. Again, we saw all kinds of jellyfish, strange fluorescent creatures, and floating particules of all sizes. We started to notice the sunlight again when the meter read 200 meters depth. Then, suddenly, we were bobbing around in the surface waters and saw friendly swimmers waving at us through the windows. What a great experience, what a wonderful team of engineers and scientists, and what a great sight to see the "mother ship" Atlantis appear and gather back her prized offspring.

Tim

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