When marine explorer Bob Ballard and his team found the ...
The Inner Space Center at URI features a collection of plasma screens that replicates the science workstation aboard the research vessel. From the Inner Space Center, researchers can talk with the shipboard scientists and technicians and request images at various resolutions for examination. In the 6 April 2004 issue of EOS, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union, Ballard describes how Internet2 could change the way scientists conduct deep-sea research. "Instead of being restricted to one or two scientists working for a few hours within the small confines of a human-operated vehicle," said Ballard "scientists using remotely-operated vehicles connected to Internet2 could spend an unlimited about of time on the bottom and share, in real-time, their observations with colleagues around the world."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a mission partner and an Internet2 member. "As the nation's ocean agency, NOAA has an interest in the scientific and cultural aspects of Titanic," said Fred Gorell, spokeman for NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration. "The science of this mission is to learn more about why and how quickly, natural and human factors are contributing to the deteriorating of the ship. The knowledge gained will be applied to the study and protection of other shipwrecks and submerged cultural resources," he said. "We also want to share knowledge with scientists and students on a real-time basis."
VBrick Systems is a frequent collaborator with Mystic Aquarium, where Ballard is president of the Institute For Exploration, and has supported previous expeditions. According Richard Mavrogeanes, VBrick President, "One of the joys of the Internet2 is that it interconnects other networks that increasingly provide similar capability. As a result, I suspect there will be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of viewers worldwide returning to the Titanic with Ballard over Internet2."
To view the live event, VBrick has made a special Internet2 viewer available on www.explorethesea.com (please note that certain broadcasts are embargoed from viewing by the general public).