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NASA is using underwater robots to explore the deep sea off the coast of the Hawaiian coast

Credit: Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live

NASA launches a new project to help gain a better understanding of the deepest parts of space, without ever leaving the Earth.

The announcement, on Tuesday, is part of the government space agency Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and research Analog (SUBSEA) project, and will help the support of NASA’s search for life in deep space, as well as a better understanding of our own planet. NASA is of the opinion that the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii is similar to that of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

“The study of the extreme conditions where life can survive on Earth will help them to understand the possibilities for the existence of life on other ocean worlds in the solar system,” NASA said on its website.

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As part of the SUBSEA project, the robots, named Hercules and Argus, will be the study of the biology, the geology and chemistry of the region.

NASA is collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) on the project. The OET is the operation of the robots, which were launched from the exploration vessel, Nautilus.

The SUBSEA team will spend three weeks at sea and the study of the volcano and the simulation of human-robotic exploration, to help with future deep space missions, NASA said.

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