A team of scientists are planning a voyage to visit the Titanic wreck site to assess the deteriorating condition of the famous luxury liner and preserve the legacy of Titanic. As a part of the mission, the team plans to develop a three-dimensional map that will give the public a virtual vision of the condition of the Titanic.
The trip is scheduled to begin on August 18 and is planned to last 20 days. During the voyage the team of scientists will travel 2 1/2 miles deep into the Atlantic Ocean where the Titanic sits in its final resting place. This expedition is being promoted as being the most "advanced scientific mission" since Titanic was first found twenty-five years ago.
Dr. Robert Ballard and his team first discovered the famous ship in 1985. This discovery opened up significant knowledge as to what actually happened that tragic night on April 14, 1912 when Titanic struck a massive iceberg during her maiden voyage. The ship gasped its last breath in the open sea air in the early hours of April 15, 1912 when it sank at 2:20 a.m. and approximately 1500 people perished.
This next visit to Titanic, which will be a joint venture between RMS Titanic, Inc., and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Waitt Institute, will probably open up a lot more insight to the resting ship as the team works to "virtually raise Titanic, preserving the legacy of the Ship for all time" (RMSTitanic.net).
In the aftermath of the sinking there were some accounts given by survivors which date back to 1912, but many of the details could only be left up to speculation since the technology to reach the deep depths of the sea to find the wreckage was not yet available. For years it was believed the ship had sunk intact, however when the ship was actually discovered in the 1980s, it was learned the Titanic had actually broken into two.
The technology Dr. Ballard brought with him to the ocean floor provided the world with actual pictures of the deteriorating ship and also preserved artifacts from both the ship and its passengers, some of which were brought to the surface. However since that time technology has seen some significant progress and newer and more powerful tools can perhaps aid in learning even more.
There are no plans for extraction of artifacts on this expedition, however the team will probe the debris field where many of the items aboard Titanic scattered across the ocean floor; reportedly the distance covered will be 2-3 miles. There is a sense of urgency with learning more about the shipwreck. Depending on the rate of deterioration, any information to be gleaned may be gone forever if not captured before Titanic collapses due to structural weakening.
As probably the most famous of maritime accidents of all time, Titanic still draws heavy interest almost 100 years later. For almost a century global society has been trying to piece together the events which led to the tragedy, and millions come to view the Titanic exhibits that are shown throughout the world.
With the technological capabilities available in modern day, it is hoped much more can be learned. This latest expedition should be able to give a clearer view into the current condition of the ship and perhaps answer some of the unknowns that still puzzle society.