National Geographic : 2004 May
difficulties reflect a broader shift in global political realities after the war in Iraq. "As a result of the war there's a new landscape and it's going to affect my thinking about where we do future research," he says a couple months later. "Clearly the world has changed." Then again Ballard, whose best ideas tend to be about 22 years ahead of their time, is accus tomed to sailing upwind. He's already sched uling expeditions through 2005 and beyond, including plans to send Hercules and the other ROVs twice as deep as originally designed. For Bob Ballard the fun's just getting started. 7 WIRED TO THE HILT: That's how photographer David McLain describes the research ship Knorr.Get the behind-the scenes scoop on high-tech triumphs and failures in a multimedia interview at nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0405. broken dreus Hercules' hydraulic pump failed soon after arrival at Skerki Bank. One costly repair and a few precious days later, it failed again (above). The team's work done for now, Ballard (below) breaks the news: The expedition that started late would end early. "Some cruises," he says, "are more painful than others."