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James Cameron (L) and Bill Paxton explore the Titanic.
Several weeks ago, my lovely wife and I got to see a preview screening of James Cameron's new 3-D IMAX movie, Ghosts of the Abyss. In the film, Cameron returns to the wreck of the fabled Titanic, whose sinking he depicted in his blockbuster film. Cameron brings a long a team of scientists, a set of ultrasophisticated remote operated vehicles (ROVs), which were built by his brother, and actor Bill Paxton, who played the underwater explorer in the movie.
The remains of the First-Class promenade
I'm something of a Titanic buff, so I really enjoyed the film, of course. The new technology -- the ROVs, and a special high-intensity light "chandelier" -- let the crew film more of the ship than ever before. The ROVs "Jake" and "Elwood" -- each the size of a microwave oven, and trailing a slender fiber-optic cable -- were able to explore much of the ship's interior.
(continued in the next post)