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Explore the Seas with Bob Ballard and the Nautilus - Live Webcasts at the Exploratorium: October and November 2011

For Immediate Release:
September 07, 2011

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Explore the Seas with Bob Ballard and the Nautilus - Live Webcasts at the Exploratorium: October and November 2011

Explore the Seas with Bob Ballard and the Nautilus
Live Webcasts at the Exploratorium and Online

2 pm, Fridays - October 14th, 28th and November 11

And 2 pm, Tuesday October 18, 2011

Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio,  Skylight Area
(goes live on September 30, 2011)

The Herc collecting on sea floorThis fall, the Exploratorium embarks on a virtual underwater expedition with famed explorer Bob Ballard. Visitors to our webcast studio in the museum – or to our web site for the event - www.exploratorium.edu/nautilus - will have a chance to witness discoveries as they are happening on the sea floor! Join us on Fridays, October 14, 28 and November 11, as well as Tuesday October 18 – all at 2 pm.  Ballard will sail his vessel Nautilus to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll have broadband satellite connection to the ship, allowing museum visitors to see live, high-definition video from the sea floor as Nautilus's remotely-operated research vehicle searches for ancient shipwrecks,  underwater volcanoes, and deep-sea communities of worms, clams, and fish – to portions of the sea floor that have never been seen, or mapped before in detail.
Beginning in September, we’ll have video stations in the museum that will stream high-definition video from three different cameras on the ship, as well as provide regular updates, maps and media documenting this historic voyage. Later in the fall, we’ll be using our satellite connection to talk directly with explorers on the Nautilus and to stream webcasts live on the Exploratorium’s special website – www.exploratorium.edu/nautilus.

The Nautilus is a sister ship to NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, which is also outfitted with telepresence technology so scientists, educators and the public will be able to watch the expeditions in real time from the comfort of shore-based command centers and on the World Wide Web. Last summer, the Exploratorium followed along as the Okeanos Explorer conducted its maiden expedition to Indonesia, discovering new geologic hotspots, biological communities and species previously unknown to science.

Funded by a generous grant from the Oak Meadow Foundation of San Francisco, this partnership with Bob Ballard allows the Exploratorium to develop technology to continue bringing live science discoveries to our future location at Pier 15 and on our web site. For more information about the Nautilus and its most recent expeditions, check out the project’s web site at www.nautiluslive.org/people/robert-ballard and watch

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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