Friday, March 16, 2012

Virtual Reassembly of the Titanic Wreckage.

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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4 comments:

  1. Thanks, Rob. Looks like something worth watching. I just hope the show doesn't string people along until the dramatic walk through at the end.

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    1. I didn't want to promote the TV special per se, I just liked the picture of the Titanic wreckage in a hangar. A very large hangar that must be...

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  2. Happen to see this post over on the left side of your webpage. I'm a big Titanic fan and the first picture is fantastic! I'd like to see the History Channel special, maybe it's still available online.

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    1. I indeed remember your very interesting posts about the Titanic.

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