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Bob Ballard Update: The Explorer Gets His Dreamboats

Bob Ballard’s new fleet is changing how discoveries are made. Last summer, two telepresence-enabled research vessels hit the high seas. No, we’re not talking Star Trek—the E/V Nautilus and Okeanos Explorer use satellite communications to bring scientists across the globe aboard, virtually, in 20 minutes flat. The system, designed by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard…