Scientists Look Under The Waves For Clues About Life On Other Planets

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (August 22, 2013)—Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic, has turned his attention to the deepest trough of the Caribbean Sea.

Ballard and dozens of other scientists are diving the Cayman Trough this week to collect collecting organisms they say could reveal how life might exist on other planets.

The team prepared Thursday for its third dive using remotely operated vehicles.

Katy Croff Bell, chief scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program, told The Associated Press by phone that the team also explored a previously uninvestigated underwater mountain and discovered underwater landslides.

Previous expeditions to the region include the 2010 discovery by British researchers of the world's deepest known hydrothermal vents.

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