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NASA Scientists to Use Submarines to Hunt For Meteorite Remains

The Nautilus research ship of the non-profit group Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) will aid in the scavenger hunt.

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Updated:July 2, 2018, 6:30 PM IST
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NASA Scientists to Use Submarines to Hunt For Meteorite Remains
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Scientists from several organisations in the US, including NASA, are planning to use remote-operated submarines to hunt for the remains of an outer space object -- believed to be a meteorite -- that splashed down into the Pacific Ocean on March 7, the media reported. The Nautilus research ship of the non-profit group Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) will aid in the scavenger hunt, Digitaltrends.com reported on Sunday.

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Joined by scientists from NASA, the University of Washington and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Nautilus will use remote-operated submarines to survey the area and collect any fragments they find, it added. When the outer space object entered the Pacific Ocean, a bright flash lit up the sky and a tremendous boom rattled the residents of Ocean Shores, Washington.

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They initially thought it was a spaceship, but from analysis of radar signals, NASA's cosmic dust sample curator Marc Fries concluded it was a meteorite about the size of a golf cart. Scientists believe that about two tonnes of fragments are up for grabs. Some of these fragments could be as large as a brick and they could be scattered over a half-mile of the sea floor.

The remote submarine dive is scheduled for later on Monday, the report said.

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