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Scientists get a peek inside WWII aircraft carrier 65 years after it sunk

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It's been 65 years since anyone laid eyes on the USS Independence, that is, until this week. 

Scientists surveyed the U.S. aircraft carrier which was heavily damaged during atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, according to CNN.

The team of scientists was led by Robert Ballard, a deep-sea explorer best known for discovering the Titanic and the German battleship Bismark. 

The Ocean Exploration Trust also made the expedition available on live stream.

Ballard, the Ocean Exploration Trust and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration all teamed up to explore the sunken aircraft carrier off the coast of California using remotely operated vehicles. 

The scientists even discovered a googly-eyed stubby squid during their expedition.

Scientists told CNN the USS Independence remains remarkably intact, despite being 2,600 feet under water. 


The aircraft carrier still has at least one Grumman Hellcat plane and an anti-aircraft weapon aboard. 

Scientists plan to photograph and measure the sunken ship. They will also research how marine life has transformed a fearsome aircraft carrier into a home. 

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