06 April 2010

We've come a long way from 'ping... ping... ping...'

Via JamulBlog:

Wired | João Medeiros | Grounded submarine photographed with sonar

This eerie wreck image is not computer generated. It's the sonar image of Russian nuclear submarine B-159 (called K-159 before decommissioning), which has been lying 248m down in the Barents Sea, between Norway and Russia, since 2003. The Russian Federation hired Adus, a Scottish company that specialises in high-resolution sonar surveying, to evaluate if it would be possible to recover the wreck.
Wow. Cool.

I know I'm being a huge stickler, but that headline bothers me. By definition you can't take a photograph with sonar. Photographs must be made with light, or they are not photos.  I expect more from Wired.  (Actually I don't expect more.  That's one reason I stopped subscribing.)

PS I feel a little disappointed whenever I get to make a post about submarines but then can't work in a reference to Crimson Tide and how awesome Gene Hackman is.  (I believe this has happened a total of one time prior to today, but still, it's distressing.)  So I'm just going to go ahead and shoe-horn this in:  Man, Gene Hackman, what a dude.  Amirightorwhat?
Short of the outbreak of World War Three, the ship sinking... being attacked by a giant octopus, I'd like to be undisturbed for the next thirty minutes.

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