The student would panic that there was a leak. Ballard and the pilot would act like they were in trouble but then explain what was actually happening.
Despite the fun, Ballard worked for several years to develop state-of-the-art underwater visual imaging technology. His ship, the Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, was designed to stay under water for long periods of time and has a high-bandwidth satellite system that allows people to view and control it through command centers. He worked on this idea of having an outer body experience in which the mind would enter the robot down in the ocean and the body would stay ashore.
“That became my vision, and it took 29 years to implement,” Ballard said.
He promised to go out and explore where people have never explored before and to provide information of a discovery within 30 minutes. Technology has given him the opportunity to communicate wherever and whenever and to explore the sea at all times.
“I’m trying to convince you that it is worth going and exploring,” Ballard said.
He said the ocean has “amazing resources out there waiting for us.”
“I really enjoyed the lecture,” Briana Graves, junior Pre-vet major, said. “It wasn’t what I was thinking it was going to be, but he definitely taught me a few things, and now I definitely know to follow my passion like he did. “