Ship Goes Hunting for Meteorites off Washington

On March 7, the largest meteor to fall on the United States in many years hurtled into the atmosphere along the Pacific Coast, exploding in a fireball and raining two tons of material over NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 16 miles off the coast of Washington State. Now, reports Sandi Doughton at The Seattle Times, researchers are trying to recover bits of the meteorite, and if successful, it will be the first time a chunk of space rock has been retrieved from the ocean floor.

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