On March 7, three National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather stations detected the fall of what they believed to be a meteorite around 16 miles off the coast of Washington.
“The fall was widely seen around local areas and widely heard around local areas – it came with some loud sonic booms,” Marc Fries, the cosmic dust curator for NASA, told Live Science.
Brittany Bryson, who was sitting in a fast-food drive-through when it happened revealed a bright flash filled the sky, followed by a boom so loud it rattled her car.
“We thought it was a spaceship,” she admitted.
“We thought it was a spaceship”
Now, four months later, Ocean Exploration Trust is working with NOAA and NASA to locate the object.
On July 1, the Exploration Vessel Nautilus investigated about 0.4 square miles of water in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
And a day later, scientists deployed two remote-controlled submarines – the Hercules and the Argus – to investigate the seafloor.
It is the first time scientists have intentionally attempted to recover a meteorite from the ocean.
Eastern Russia’s Lake El’gygytgyn, which sits inside a small asteroid impact crater
Since the operation began, the search uncovered two tiny fragments of molten rock to be analysed.
And now conspiracists are claiming NASA are trying to cover up something much larger.
Tyler Glockner, who runs YouTube channel secureteam10, believes too many people saw the phenomenon for the government to ignore it.
An artist’s impression of NASA’s X-43A Hypersonic Experimental Vehicle aka ‘Hyper-X’
His video now has more than 320,000 hits and viewers were quick to share their own opinions.
“Definitely, something fishy going on,” one viewer believed.
And another added: “Whatever it was, they’re very interested in it.”