The Inner Space Center is linked to scientists, archeologists and other experts across the country who are on call in case a discovery is made and their expertise is needed. They can then report to one of 12 institutions and participate in the expedition remotely.

“We now have the technology to show these expeditions live so you don’t have to wait until we come back to read about them,” Ballard said.

As it’s been with his JASON project and Immersion Learning, Ballard’s latest effort is also designed to interest students in science and engineering careers.

Ballard described it as taking advantage of a “wow” moment — when a student’s jaw drops when he or she sees something exciting.

“That’s when we can put a lot of information into them,” Ballard said.