The re-analysis was started in 2010 before our last trip out there. Jeff Glickman noticed that there was something in the photo that we had not noticed before - mostly because we had been looking at a cropped version - so nobody saw it.
I don't know, but I have to assume that the folks at the State Dept who were tasked with reviewing this photo came to the same conclusion as Jeff Glickman's analysis, namely that the object in the photo was consistent with an Electra landing gear. I don't have any details about how this was accomplished, but it was enough to convince folks at the State Dept, and Dr. Ballard that there was enough in this evidence to support our plan for a deep water search off Niku.
No doubt, more info will be coming from Ric about how all this came together, so stay tuned. I'm sure there will be huge discussion at the symposium, which promises to be an incredible event.
see you there.