Nautilus Exploration Program

The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard and is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. Our international program centers on scientific exploration of the seafloor launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel. In addition to conducting scientific research, the Nautilus Exploration Program offers its expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the ship. We also bring educators and students of all ages aboard E/V Nautilus during expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, research, and communications.

Our Goals​​​​


●      To explore areas of the ocean that have never been explored before, seeking out new    

         discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry
●      To conduct all scientific research to the highest international academic standard
●      To push the boundaries of ocean engineering, technology, education, and communications
●      To share our expeditions with explorers around the world via live telepresence
●      To serve as role models for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and educators through STEM initiatives
●      To spread the excitement of ocean exploration and turn everyday viewers into explorers

 

 

Our Mission​​​​​


We are an international Corps of Exploration consisting of marine scientists, engineers, communicators, educators and students. Our primary objective is to explore the ocean seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of engineering, technology, education and communications. We aim to share our story and our science with explorers around the world via live telepresence from aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Our Corps of Exploration aspires to serve as role models for the next generation of explorers, scientists, engineers and educators. We promise to bring our audience only cutting edge exploration, live from the bottom of the ocean as we explore landscapes that have never been explored before.