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Why NASA decided to search for meteorites in the Pacific Ocean

World News 23-07-2018 3085

Why NASA decided to search for meteorites in...

Marc Fries, NASA planetary scientist, watched meteorites fall into the Pacific Ocean."This one is special," Fries claims, adding, "This one is tougher than your typical meteor." Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, "It was a meteor strike — the most powerful since the Tunguska event of 1908," said after the incident. "It will be important for us to know what to expect to hit the ground in the future," said Fries."The best tools are eyes," he added. "We're going to look for rocks that don't belong there."

Nautilus, an exploration vessel operated by Ocean Exploration Trust probed the ocean depth with marine scientist and Ocean Exploration Trust expedition leader Nicole Raineault. "The goal is to find whatever we can," said Raineault. "It's a pretty small area and pretty shallow," he continued, "It’s an exploration vessel so we’re willing to take risks to make some exciting discoveries.”

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The vessel which is furnished with remote worked vehicles (ROVs), intended to scour the sea with cameras will examine the floor of the ocean for items. Besides that, the Nautilus is equipped with sonar-like instruments called backscatter, which will send motions off the ocean bottom to help recognize hard material. The NASA scientists and the marine scientist, both appear stoked by the certainty of finding something.

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