Today was a very happy day aboard the RV Armstrong, preceded by a very sad and disappointing one the day before. Yesterday, our first task of the day was to recover the bottom lander that was deployed about a year ago at the WIL site off the coast of NC. This lander sat on the bottom of the ocean collecting acoustic and oceanographic data for over a year. The lander is equipped with 2 releases for redundancy to ensure that if one malfunctions and does not release the weights, the second release code can be sent for the backup release to disengage and allow the lander to rise to the surface. Alas, none of the release codes brought the lander to the surface yesterday after both confirming that they had in fact been released.