SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It's not every day that NASA descends on your backyard, hunting for clues to extraterrestrial life. But that is the drama unfolding this week in and around the community of Lotus, along the south fork of the American River in El Dorado County. Scientists from NASA and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute are hunting for pieces of a meteorite that plunged to Earth on April 22.There's gold in them thar hills, but recently, the hunt has been for nuggets of nickel and iron. Fragments of the meteor which fell over California and Nevada with a big bang, April 22nd, are said to be worth around $1000 a gram. One lady, walking her dog the day after the meteor fell, found a 17 gram fragment in her local park. Professional meteorite hunters told her to wrap it carefully and put it in a safety deposit box. NASA's space exploration has been sharply curtailed, but if some of it falls out of the sky, NASA can always rent a zeppelin to look for it. Why don't we call that "Plan B". Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.