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|Dr. Robert Ballard|
Dr. Robert Ballard is founder and president of the Ocean Exploration Center at Mystic Aquarium. Specializing in deep-sea archaeology, the Ocean Exploration Center's goal is to establish this new field of research utilizing evolving technology, such as advanced mapping and imaging systems, underwater robotics and remotely operated vehicles. Another objective is to share Ballard's most recent discoveries with guests in the Ocean Exploration Center exhibit space at Mystic Aquarium, originally constructed as part of a $52 million expansion at Mystic Aquarium in 1999 and renovated to feature Titanic - 12,450 Feet Below in 2012.
After 30 years, Dr. Ballard retired from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he was a senior scientist and director of the Center For Marine Exploration. Dr. Ballard is presently an explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Ballard is also the founder of JASON Learning. JASON was established in 1989 after Ballard received thousands of letters from school children wanting to know how he discovered the R.M.S. Titanic.
|The mission of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., which includes Mystic Aquarium, Ocean Exploration Center and JASON Learning, is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.|
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