Nautilus Live!
Nautilus Live! Journey to the ocean floor in real-time exclusively at the Burke Baker Planetarium



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Nautilus Live!

Journey to the ocean floor in real-time exclusively at

 the Burke Baker Planetarium


WHAT:           Beginning June 3 through August 28 2015, the 211-foot exploration vessel Nautilus is exploring the Galapagos Rift where the site of the first hydrothermal vent was discovered in 1977. The six-month-long 2015 season marks the transition of the vessel to the west coast of the United States and the Pacific Ocean, concluding over two years of research in the Gulf and Caribbean regions. From the ocean depths, visitors are a part of the action, talking directly with Summer research assistants with the Nautilus . This is a unique LIVE full-dome experience and virtual ocean adventure, and has been created by renowned oceanographer and underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard, discoverer of Titanic as well as other shipwrecks.

Join the team in making their discoveries live from the Burke Baker Planetarium, which connects to the Nautilus to provide a live camera feed using telepresence technology and nine video projectors and crew interaction daily via an exclusive partnership.

Wednesday through Sunday at 1 p.m., audiences are transported to the ocean floor to witness first-hand — and in high-def — Nautilus’ state-of-the-art telepresence technology. Rove the sea-bottom via its remotely operated vehicles, Hercules and Argus , which have helped survey ancient shipwrecks, discovered hydrothermal vents and explored habitats around the globe.

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WHO:             Carolyn Sumners, Vice President of Astronomy and Physics, HMNS, is available for interviews. 

WHEN:          Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:       The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030 

HOW:             Contact David Kelly at (713) 639-4722 orMelodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or come to Museum Services for assistance.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre,CockrellButterflyCenter, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, theHoustonMuseum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.




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