Engaging, exciting, awe-inspiring. Words don’t do justice to this video from TED-Ed. If anyone can generate enthusiasm about ocean exploration, Robert Ballard can. His enthusiasm is palpable and his presentation filled with excitement and humor.
Ocean Explorer Ballard brings questions to light, asking why NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) one-year budget to explore space is enormous enough to fund NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for about 1,600 years. He asks why are we ignoring 72 percent of the earth’s surface when there is amazing life below the oceans’ surface. Not just life, but ancient shipwrecks and large amounts of precious metals and minerals.
He and his colleagues have made amazing discoveries over the years below the surface of our unexplored oceans. The Jason Project, a program designed to bring students of all ages into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields is dear to him.
Read his National Geographic Explorer biography to find out more.