Titanic as you’ve never seen it: Thanks to scanning, scientists obtained the most faithful images to date – Earth – Science and technology

Thanks to a life-size scan, scientists have obtained the most faithful images of the Titanic wreck to date, including a three-dimensional model of the entire ocean liner, which has been resting on the bottom of the North Atlantic at a depth of almost four kilometers since its wreck in 1912.

, 17.05.2023 10:58

Thanks to the published images, people can get the most accurate idea of ​​the shape of the most famous shipwreck in the world so far.

According to the News server, the 3D view allows the entire ship to be seen as if the ocean water had been pumped out. At the same time, experts hope that the images will make it possible to better reveal what happened to the ocean liner of the White Star Line (WSL) during the tragedy that claimed more than 1,500 human lives.

In mid-April 1912, the steamer hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. “There are still questions about the ship that need to be answered,” Titanic expert Parks Stephenson told BBC News. According to him, the new model is “one of the first important steps to move the Titanic story towards evidence-based research, rather than speculation”.

The wreck of the Titanic has been studied since its discovery in 1985. But it is so huge that in the darkness of the depths cameras can capture only tantalizing snapshots of the disintegrating ship, but never the whole. Only new pictures of the ship proved that. The vessel is now divided into two parts, the bow and the stern, which are roughly 800 meters apart. There is a huge field of debris around the broken ship.

The new overall image was acquired last summer by Magellan, a deep-sea mapping company, and Atlantic Productions, which is making a documentary about the project. Submersible remote-controlled devices spent more than 200 hours surveying the rest of the ship along its length and width. These submarines acquired more than 700,000 individual images from all angles. It was then possible to build an accurate 3D model from them.

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According to expedition planner Gerhard Seiffert of Magellan, it was the largest underwater imaging project to date. “The depth of almost 4,000 meters is a challenge, you encounter currents on site and you must not touch anything to avoid damaging the wreck,” explains Seiffert. “And another challenge is that you have to map every square centimeter – even the uninteresting parts, for example in a rubble field you have to scan the mud, but you have to do it to fill all the gaps between these interesting objects,” added the expert.

The imaging thus reveals the overall dimensions of the ship as well as some small details, for example the serial number of one of the ship’s screws.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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