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Going for Gold
Photograph by Jonathan Blair, Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey crew members prepare to launch Zeus, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designed to survey and retrieve the Republic's coins and artifacts. Salvaging at this site in the Gulf Stream requires a hefty robot to combat the fierce current. Zeus, at 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms), is up to the task. "It's the size of a Hummer," says Odyssey's operations manager, Ernie Tapanes. Equipped with sensitive mechanical arms, it can safely grasp objects as fragile as glass.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 14mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/180 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Time of Day: 11a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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