Million Dollar Donation from UTC for Mystic Aquarium Expansion

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Mystic Aquarium is getting a $1 million boost from United Technologies Corp.

UTC’s donation will help pay for the expansion and transformation of the aquarium’s Challenge of the Deep exhibit hall, including new exhibit space and a 4D motion theater to highlight the history of human undersea exploration.

The emphasis will be on the exploits of oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard.

The United Technologies Ocean Exploration Center will be the only exhibit in the world dedicated to deep sea oceanographic archaeology, geology and live, interactive exploration.

The formal announcement is scheduled for UTC’s Pratt & Whitney campus in East Hartford headquarters on Wednesday.

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