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Alvin sphere mock-up

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Deep submergence vehicle pilot Bob Waters has years of experience with both the submersible Alvin and the remotely-operated vehicle Jason. During the Alvin upgrade and reassembly he maintained the main electrical schematic for the sub's many systems. Here, Waters solders an electrical connection while standing in front of the "birdcage," an aluminum framework the Alvin group used as a template to mock up and fit together wiring, control systems, and other equipment before installing it in the sub's actual personnel sphere. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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