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High-Wired
Photograph by David McLain

The satellite dish aboard the research ship Knorr was key to the expedition's "telepresence," one of the most important aspects of Bob Ballard's 2003 exploration of ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. High-definition images taken from ROV Hercules  traveled via fiber-optic cable to the Knorr's control center and then were transmitted via satellite to researchers in the United States. By using Internet2, a high-bandwidth, next-generation Internet available to educational institutions, the same sound and pictures Ballard was seeing and hearing aboard the Knorr appeared simultaneously on displays at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography and at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. "We don't have to take all the scientists we need on the ship anymore," says Ballard. "Telepresence will change everything."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS1n
Film Type: Fujichrome Astia 100
Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: A beautiful summer evening
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: The open door of the fluorescent-lit room in the foreground goes green to add an additional dimension to the image.


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