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Crews examine the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible aboard the Mermaid Sapphire off the coast of Australia. The sub is the centerpiece of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific project by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.