There's a ship. It's mission is to explore, to seek out new life, and to boldly go where no remotely operated vehicle has gone before. It's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Okeanos Explorer:
"the only federally funded U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore
our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the
advancement of knowledge." It just finished a mission to explore the
Northeast U.S. Canyons. You can see photos and data from that and other
recent expeditions on the Okeanos Explorer site. Bring your shark
repellant and dive right in!