WASHINGTON—The National Geographic Midway Expedition returns with photos and footage of the U.S.S. Yorktown, discovered more than three miles (nearly five kilometers) under the Pacific on May 19, 1998. The aircraft carrier sank 56 years ago during the Battle of Midway, an epic clash between the United States and Japan that proved to be the turning point for control of the Pacific in World War II. The expedition’s mission was to locate, map and explore the remains of the battle.
To learn more visit “Return to Midway,” an original nationalgeographic.com online feature.

Read a transcript of Dr. Ballard’s speech or review the answers to audience questions.

who  Dr. Robert Ballard, expedition leader and discoverer of Titanic
Tim Kelly, President, National Geographic Television
Bill Surgi, Battle of Midway survivor
when  Thursday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Contacts  Listen to the audio. (You’ll need RealAudio.™)
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