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Nereus and the Mariana Trench

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts, USA) scientists recently sent an unmanned robot down almost 11.000m into the Mariana Trench, where tectonic plates collide in the Pacific’s Ring of Fire. The robot, named Nereus, explored the trench for 10 hours, much longer than the two previous vehicles that made the trip. Nereus can operate remotely (joined by optic cable to a ship) or autonomously and is able to collect samples. It is hoped that future expeditions might tell us more about how life on Earth began.

Read the full article in the Washington Post.


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