Robert Duane Ballard

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Robert Duane Ballard

Robert Duane Ballard was born in June 30, 1942.

he is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 in 2002

Beginning of the journey

Robert Ballard wanted to find the remains of the Titanic since 1973. In 1977 he tried for the first time but failed.

In 1982 he asked the U.S navy to finance the search but the U.S navy didn't want to

help him. Eventually he made a secret agreement with them.

The Way of finding the Titanic

On August 22 1985 after the secret mission ended, Ballard found the estimated area of the sunken Titanic. While Ballard and his team where searching for sunken submarines ,they saw that the submarines had broken into pieces because the of high stress subsea and left a trail of remains on the ocean floor.

It was easier to follow the trail of the wrecks than search for them themselves,
Ballard and his team knew that the Titanic had also split into pieces . They decided to use this way to find the Titanic.

The search

Finding the Titanic

On September 1st the team found remains on the ocean floor. Which is later determined that is the Titanic. Then discovered that the ship itself at a depth of 3.8 miles. It became clear it was broken into two separate pieces. Robert Ballard and his team Succeeded review both parts before running out of time at their mission.

The first photo of the Titanic

More photos of the Titanic

video

Save the TITANIC by Robert Ballard. National Geographic April 2

Summary

Every researcher must have features of explorer, Curiosity, brave, ambitious, and determined

Robert Ballard succeeded in his mission because he had all these characteristics.

and it was very interesting and fun to do this work about his the journey.