Raising the Kursk

The risky operation to recover a sub, its two nuclear reactors, 22 missiles and an ill-fated crew

A year after the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk mysteriously exploded and sank with 118 sailors aboard, an international team is trying to raise the vessel--or most of it--to the surface. This week salvagers are scheduled to begin the dangerous process of slicing off the heavily damaged torpedo compartment, which would be left on the sea floor along with the answers it may contain.

THE SCENE ABOVE

A 459-ft. barge from the Netherlands, the Giant 4, will anchor over the sub. The barge is being fitted with lifting equipment and underwater "saddles" to hold the sub in place

THE SCENE BELOW

The...

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