The RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Because the wreck was in such deep water and the last reported position of the ship wasn’t exact, its location was a mystery for 73 years.
The “detective” who solved this mystery was scientist Dr. Robert Ballard and his team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Listen in on parts of BL‘s interview with Ballard, a former Life Scout, who discovered the Titanic wreck in 1985. Then read more about the story in the April 2012 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.
What he learned from Scouting
Failed techniques for finding the Titanic
The top-secret mission connected to the Titanic discovery
Figuring out a new – and successful – search technique
Using this technique to search for ancient shipwrecks
The similarity between this technique and tracking
Returning to the Titanic 20 years later
Using robots with the JASON Project
Subjects that the JASON Project covers
Who is involved with the JASON Project
Why a career in science is so cool
How he became interested in science