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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SCIENCE NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 14:12 Fri Jul 26 EXP: 14:00 Sat Jul 27 쿟ITANIC EXPLORER PLANS EXPEDITION TO WWII NAVAL BATTLEGROUND 쿔N SOUTH PACIFIC 쿑ALMOUTH, MA (JULY 26) UPI - The underwater explorer who 쿭iscovered the wreck of the luxury liner Titanic in the 쿙orth Atlantic now plans an expedition to one of World War 쿔I's bloodiest naval battlegrounds in the South Pacific. 쿝obert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 쿴is project co-director and wife Barbara and a team of 퀁esearchers plan to head this fall to explore the underwater 쿲raveyard of more than 100 ships that were sunk during the 쿫attle of Guadalcanal. ''The purpose is to find out just what's there,'' Barbara 쿍allard said Friday. ''We're going down to see what's there 쿪nd no one's done that before.'' 쿞he said the initial exploration will take about a month and 퀃he explorers plan to return in 1992 for a more detailed 퀂urvey and mapping of the battlegound. 쿍allard said the project is to ''document and image the 퀁emains of these ships'' that litter the ocean bottom south 쿪nd east of Guadalcanal. Ships from the United States, Japan 쿪nd Australia are scattered in the area some 5,000 feet 쿫elow the surface. 쿟he team will make a visual inspection of the area with 퀁emote-controlled unmanned submarines, such as those used by 쿝obert Ballard to locate and photograph the ocean liner 쿟itanic in 12,000 feet of water in 1986, and the German 쿫attleship Bismarck that was sunk during World War II in 15,000 feet. 쿟he purpose of the initial mission is to determine if it is 퀇orth a major expedition. ''If it's doable, we can use the remote control submarine 퀃echnology gained through the Jason project to explore these 퀂hips and take detailed photographs of their condition,'' 쿝obert Ballard said. 쿕ason was used on the Titanic expedition. 쿔ncluded in the upcoming project will be an attempt to 쿹ocate whatever might be left of John F. Kennedy's torpedo 쿫oat, PT-109, which was rammed and sunk by a Japanese 쿭estroyer on Aug. 2, 1943. 쿌n inactive Navy commander, Robert Ballard said JFK's patrol 쿫oat was made mostly of wood and if there is anything 퀁emaining, it would be its engine and torpedo launchers 퀅nder 1,500 feet of water. =END=

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