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Mystic Aquarium and Dr. Robert Ballard Team to Tell Tale of Titanic's Discovery
Titanic Exhibit Mystic Aquarium

Opened to the public on April 12, 2012--three days before the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic--Mystic Aquarium's "Titanic - 12,250 Feet Below" is a multi-million dollar, multimedia installation focused on the ship's discovery and legacy.

© 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
I learned three fascinating things at the April 11, 2012 unveiling of Titanic - 12,450 Feet Below, an engaging new permanent exhibit at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut:
  • Dr. Robert Ballard's 1985 search for Titanic was actually a cover for a secret mission he was commissioned to undertake for the U.S. Navy. After locating the USS Scorpion and USS Thresher, two sunken Navy submarines with nuclear payloads, Ballard and his team had only a dozen remaining days to search the ocean floor for the globe's most storied shipwreck. They discovered the ill-fated luxury liner in the expedition's final moments.
  • The next thing Ballard would like to find lost at sea is: a spaceship.
  • Ballard's assertion is absolutely true: "You can appreciate things by leaving them on the bottom of the ocean."

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