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Science loses one of its finest research submarines

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Science loses one of its finest research submarines

Wed, 14/05/2014 - 20:57
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<i>Nereus</i> was a flagship ocean explorer for the US science community

Nereus was sent to complete the first systematic study of the Kermadec Trench.

Thirty days into the 40-day mission, about seven hours into a nine-hour dive, communications with Nereus was lost. When standard emergency recovery protocols were unsuccessful, the team initiated a search near the dive site. They then spotted several pieces of debris on the surface nearby later identified to be parts of Nereus, indicating a catastrophic implosion.

Nereus was a flagship ocean explorer for the US science community.

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