URI offers free tours of Inner Space Center

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Monthly tours of ocean exploration facility on first Tuesday

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – January 22, 2015 – The public is invited to join in free monthly tours of the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center, the facility that brings real-time oceanographic research from around the world to the Graduate School of Oceanography.

Tours are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. (The next one is Feb. 3.) Space is limited, so registration is required or contact Romy Pizziconi at romy@uri.edu or 401-874-6119. Tours are limited to the first 20 registrants each month.

The centerpiece of the Ocean Science and Exploration Center on URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus, the Inner Space Center uses a satellite system and Internet2 to enable scientists and students to participate in ocean-going research expeditions without leaving campus.

The facility is the brainchild of Robert Ballard, the URI oceanography professor best known for his discovery of the remains of the Titanic and numerous other modern and ancient shipwrecks. Around-the-clock live video of research expeditions aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust’s ship Nautilus, as well as video from the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer and other ships is transmitted to the Inner Space Center when they are at sea, and visitors can watch and listen in on the scientific discoveries they make.

Tours include a walk through the Inner Space Center, a display of artifacts recovered from ancient shipwrecks, viewing of video footage of previous expeditions, and a visit to the facilities where live television and Internet programming about ocean exploration is produced.

The Inner Space Center also offers tours for a fee to school, youth, and adult groups, as well as, classroom-style educational programs on such topics as underwater acoustics, hurricanes, or the unknown ocean. Please contact Romy Pizziconi at the ISC for more information.