Oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic more than 70 years after it sank to the bottom of the sea, will speak in Indian Wells next week at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort.
Tickets are still available for Ballard’s 6 p.m. talk, titled “The Last Frontier,” which is part of the Desert Town Hall speaker series.
Ballard discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic on Sept. 1, 1985, more than two miles below the surface in the north Atlantic. The luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912, about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, and 100th anniversary events are planned around the world next month.
Ballard also led explorations of the German battleship Bismarck and passenger liners Lusitania and Britannic. Ballard told the stories of wrecks he visited in his 1997 book, “Lost Liners.”
Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration and an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. Every year, schoolchildren accompany him on an interactive expedition through the JASON Project, a program Ballard founded.
He has also hosted National Geographic Television’s “Explorer” program and served as an adviser on Stephen Spielberg’s “Sea Quest” television show.
Ballard is developing a joint master’s and doctoral program in the new field of archaeological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. He is a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board and serves as one of 16 commissioners on the President’s Commission on Ocean Policy.
The desert speaker series opened in January with former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, political commentator Liz Cheney. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke earlier this month.
Tickets can be purchased at www.deserttownhall.org or by calling 760-610-2852.