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Partners: The Return to the Titanic
The University of Rhode Island is the academic and research home of oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard. On this site, there are links to information about Dr. Ballard, the Graduate School of Oceanography, the new Institute for Archaeological Oceanography and the Inner Space Center, and to the various programs related to careers in oceanography. The University's Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), is one of the largest and most widely known graduate schools of oceanography in the U.S. and now also the first in the world to provide a graduate program in Archaeological Oceanography.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the Department of Commerce and serves as the nation's ocean agency. Funded primarily by NOAA and working aboard the NOAA research vessel the Ronald H. Brown, the expedition will build a baseline of scientific data from which Titanic's rate of deterioration may be measured to provide a better understanding of the condition and deterioration of other shipwrecks and submerged cultural resources.

The JASON Foundation for Education will be creating a new middle-school math curriculum called JASON Math Adventure: Geometry and Return to Titanic, which will recreate the work of researchers on the Return to Titanic expedition. Students will learn how geometry concepts-such as coordinate grids, angle measurement, plotting points and triangulation-are used to position the research vessel at the Titanic wreck and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Hercules, on the bow of Titanic. JASONís Web site will also offer live, real-time behind-the-scenes access to the expedition through online activities, expedition diaries, photos, movies and more. Using Internet and video-conferencing technology, Ballard will also teach science class to select classrooms across the country live from sea.

From the first mention of the RMS Titanic in National Geographic magazine in 1926 to the upcoming “Return to Titanic” expedition in June 2004, National Geographic has been supporting research and exploration on the site for nearly 78 years. It is National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard’s discovery of the Titanic in 1985 and the continued collaboration with National Geographic in the ongoing exploration and study of the subject that adds new dimension to the story. This latest expedition, commissioned to assess how the wreck has fared against natural and manmade intrusions, is in part underwritten by National Geographic Mission Programs Special Project fund.

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is opening a complementary exhibit on April 15 that coincides with the June expedition. The exhibit tells the story of Titanic, Ballard's original discovery of it, and the return mission this spring. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the world's only authenticated model of Titanic, an 18-foot model that took longer to build than the original ship and cost more than $1.4 million to create. MAIFE's Immersion Project Titanic Live! program is bringing the expedition live to thousands of kids across the U.S. Live broadcasts from the ship to Immersion Project schools, museums, science centers and aquariums will allow kids to talk to the scientists, ask them questions and watch them work. Through interactive games, puzzles and stories, the young people will learn important science and math concepts while they are having fun.
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