National Geographic Society "Titanic" Exhibit Opening

Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic, wants to return to the wreck to do a fix-up. Here he is on stage at the National Geographic Society, giving a lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

At the National Geographic Society Museum, a mock-up of the Titanic wreckage used in the 1997 film Titanic, directed by James Cameron. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Terry Garcia of National Geographic Society; Robert Ballard; Sven Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Expeditions; and Ann Luskey, a member of the board of the Ocean Foundation. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

An incredible hand-built model of the Titanic, featured in the “Secrets of the Titanic” exhibition at the National Geographic Society museum. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Detail of the model of the Titanic at the National Geographic Society museum. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

NGS guests Shirin Nazemzaden, Missy Kelly, Emily Kelly, Sonia McCormick, and Deborah Lucci explore an interactive Titanic exhibit. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Richard Anderson, William Hopkins, and Alice Grindstaff. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

A close-up of a lifeboat used in the film Titanic. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

National Geographic chairman and CEO John Fahey with Robert Ballard. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Ann and John Myer with Warren Campbell. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Evelyn Strauch points to a map showing the grid in which Ballard and his crew found the sunken wreckage of the Titanic. Photograph by Jeff Martin

Gabriel Popal, with his very own Titanic book. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

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