25 years after the discovery of the Titanic shipwreck, a team of scientists and organizations are getting ready to embark on an expedition of, well, titanic proportions. The expedition, which will commence in August, aims to literally raise the Titanic… virtually. The Associated Press has the details:
A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world’s most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will “virtually raise the Titanic” for the public.
The expedition to the site 2 1/2 miles beneath the North Atlantic is billed as the most advanced scientific mission to the Titanic wreck since its discovery 25 years ago.
The 20-day expedition is to leave St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Aug. 18 under a partnership between RMS Titanic Inc., which has exclusive salvage rights to the wreck, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The expedition will not collect artifacts but will probe a 2-by-3-mile debris field where hundreds of thousands of artifacts remain scattered. Keep Reading
The expedition will be based on the R/V Jean Charcot, a 250-foot research vessel with a crew of 20. Three submersibles and the latest sonar, acoustic and filming technology will also be part of the expedition.
While the expedition is being privately funded with an undisclosed amount of money, hopefully this will open the doors for similar expeditions, or perhaps investigations, in the future.
More information on the expedition can be found at www.expeditiontitanic.com.
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