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The Aquarius Project

Young teens retrieving rock samples while on a boat in Lake Michigan.

Adler Teams Up With Museum Campus Partners and NASA to Hunt for Sunken Meteorite

On Monday, February 6, 2017, at approximately 1:30 am CST, a 600-pound meteorite streaked through the midwest sky and landed in Lake Michigan, around 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Later that day, Adler astronomers began an email conversation regarding the news, including the possibility of retrieving fragments of the meteorite at the bottom of the lake using a robotic device.

While seemingly far-fetched, the thought sparked the interest of Chris Bresky, the Adler’s Teen Programs Specialist, who couldn’t shake the idea. Could something like this really work? The possibility was too good to pass up.

Introducing The Aquarius Project

About the Project

The Aquarius Project is a teen-driven underwater ROV meteorite hunt led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium’s Far Horizons program, and experts from the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and NASA.


When a meteor crashes in your backyard, you pick it up. When your backyard is a 22,000-square-mile Great Lake, you call your friends and improvise… follow along with us as the story unfolds!

Listen to The Aquarius Project Podcast

Field Notes

Hear from the teens in their own voices as they document what it’s like to participate in this incredibly unique journey.

Explore Field Notes

Online Interactive

Curious how scientists tracked the path of the infamous Aquarius Project meteorite into Lake Michigan? Now you, too, can track the asteroid’s final orbit before entering Earth’s atmosphere! Using your mouse or touch device, fly around our solar system, watch objects move over time, and see just how this wild and crazy journey called The Aquarius Project first began!

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2018 Chicago Innovation Award Winner | The Aquarius Project


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