Robert Ballard

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Robert Ballard studies science-related stuff,
guaranteeing him a one-way ticket straight to hell.
Robert Ballard
has been a guest of The Colbert Report
and got nailed in the process

Robert Ballard is a known member of the nerd patrol, redeemed only by his 2009 appearance on The Colbert Report.

February 10, 2009 NailingEdit


  • renowned oceanographer, talk about job security — there's going to be a lot more ocean
  • archeological oceanographer is interested in human history beneath the sea
  • oceans cover 72% of the planet
  • better maps of Mars than the ocean
  • 1/2 of the U.S. is under water
  • U.S. owns 200 miles from the shore
  • including Hawaiian islands, etc
  • most important thing he found was new life systems
  • giant worms
    • another creature lives inside them (symbiosis)
  • NASA's 1-year budget = NOAA's budget for 1,600+ years
  • we are living on the tops of mountains
  • found ancient shipwrecks
    • in the Black Sea, everything is preserved
  • the next big goal under the ocean
    • go where no one has gone before on planet Earth

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