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Alvin sphere ready for shipping

A Titanic Task

WHOI lift operator Dana Hackett prepares the personnel sphere from the human-occupied vehicle Alvin for transport to Simi Valley, California. The titanium sphere, which was replaced in 2012, is on loan through January 2018 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for its new Titanic exhibit. Researchers from WHOI and IFREMER, the French national institute of oceanography, discovered the site of the infamous shipwreck in 1985, and WHOI returned with Alvin in 1986 to further explore the site. Later that year, Pres. Reagan signed the RMS Titanic Memorial Act, which designated the site as an international maritime memorial. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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