Dashing Through the Lake, On a Meteoroid-Guided Sleigh

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Weather radar is designed to track storms, but Marc Fries of NASA’s Johnson Space Center has found another great use for the technology: identifying the flight paths of meteors passing through Earth’s atmosphere. Fries is working with a group of students and educators in the Chicago area to discover the fate of a meteor burst that occurred on February 6, 2017. After creating a sonic boom that rattles houses in the area and lit up radar screens, the space rocks plummeted into Lake Michigan. Through the Aquarius Project, teens across Chicago are working together to design, build, and test a submersible sled that can be dragged along the bottom of Lake Michigan to retrieve the meteorites. READ MORE »