It has been 106 years since the historic Titanic disaster in which 1,500 people died after R.M.S. Titanic ship hit an iceberg and sank.
The world’s largest luxury liner at the time, which was touted as a ship that “not even God Himself could sink” had 840 rooms and 10 decks. The monster passenger steamship was built at the height of the Victorian Empire when 20% of the world was under the British rule.
Even though it could accomodate 3,300 people, the ship could save only 1,178 people in its lifeboats, which led to the disaster.
Now, an ocean exploration team wants to take a closer look at the “unsinkable” ship’s wreckage. OceanGate Expeditions will deploy a submersible to Titanic’s final resting place in the north Atlantic Ocean.
The First Expedition Will Start in June
The first manned expedition operation will start in June this year. Multiple missions will be needed to study the entire wreckage. The highest-profile expedition to study the wreckage was led by the director of the film “Titanic” in the mid-1990s.
OceanGate’s manned submersible “Titan” will be able to sink 4,000 meters to reach the ocean’s bottom. Titan, whose original name is Cyclops 2, will be fitted with several 4k cameras, a sonar, a wireless connection, a laser scanner, and up to 50,000 lumens of lighting.
Explorers will conduct a survey of the sunken ship and use state-of-the-art technology to generate a 3-D map of the shipwreck. The submersible will also take detailed photos and video footage of the wreck.
Titan will accommodate 5 researchers. The submersible has been functioning since 2015 up to depths of 500 meters. OceanGate released a video of what Titan’s next mission would look like.
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