A virtual reassembly of the Titanic wreckage.
On April 15, exactly 100 years after the Titanic sank, the History Channel will air a special about new discoveries on the sinking of the Titanic.
An American expedition team used two robot vehicles to scan the ocean bottom day and night with sonar cameras, moving at 3 mph back and forth in a grid pattern. The robots emitted sound pulses and registered the echoes. The results were converted into 130.000 high-resolution digital images. When stitched together they provide a detailed map of the Titanic disaster debris field.
When the ship began to sink it split apart and the two halves settled almost half a mile apart. The digital images now reveal that the stern rotated like a helicopter blade, smashing into the sea floor 2.5 miles down at considerable speed. The bow, on the other hand, plunged straight down and landed relatively gently. source & more info.
Artist impression of the bow (source).
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