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World's First Robot to Complete Underwater Trip from US to EU

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Recently Spain returned a special robot to the United States after the machine completed the world's first underwater trip across the Atlantic Ocean. It was used to monitor climate change and collect data on temperatures during its journey to Europe.

The robot, called "Scarlet Knight," looks like a rocket, having winds on its sides. The glider managed to cross 7,400 kilometers (4,600 miles) from New Jersey to Galicia, Spain. The trip lasted 225 days and the robot was powered only by a battery and ocean currents.

It would be interesting to note that the robot was brought ashore at Baiona, which is the town visited by Christopher Columbus in 1493, when the famous traveler returned from his journey to America.

The ceremony, in which Spanish Transport Minister Jose Blanco officially handed the yellow glider to Jerry Miller of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, took place in the same old Baiona, reports Physorg.

It is worth mentioning that "Scarlet Knight" is able to reach depths of about 200 meters (650 feet) and resist storms. During its trip, the robot managed to collect valuable information regarding ocean currents and salt levels. Now the robot is expected to be exhibited at the Smithsonian museum in Washington. The robot's replica will be on display in Baiona.

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