Nautilus Live – Journey to the Ocean Floor

The odds are that most of us will never be rugged heroes of science who plumb the ocean depths looking for the answers to nature's most well-hidden mysteries. Luckily, the Houston Museum of Natural Science brings us the next best thing with Nautilus Live — Journey to the Ocean Floor. Now through November, visitors to the Burke Baker Planetarium can watch live underwater exploration feeds from the 211-foot exploration vessel Nautilus.

''Ninety-five percent of the ocean is unexplored, and the ocean covers over 70 percent of the Earth's surface,'' said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, curator of astronomy at the museum and an adjunct professor at Rice University. ''It's an unexplored world on our own planet. As a planetarium that presents exploration of outer space, it’s exciting to explore our own planet in much the same way as we experience distant worlds.'' The Nautilus will be in the upper Gulf investigating the effects of the oil spill on deep corals, then visit a shipwreck before heading out towards the Caribbean.

1 and 3 p.m. daily. Through November 22. 5555 Hermann Park Dr. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $7 to $8.
June 21-Nov. 22, 2013

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