Scientists have conducted the first full-scale 3D digital reconstruction of the sunken Titanic. This made it possible to show the liner with incredible detail, reports Ars Technica.
Scanning during a six-week expedition last summer was organized by Magellan Ltd (deep-sea mapping) and Atlantic Productions (filming a documentary about the project).
“Great explorers have been down to the Titanic… but actually they went with really low-resolution cameras and they could only speculate on what happened,” Atlantic Productions CEO Andrew Geffen explained to BBC News.
According to him, this opens up great opportunities for a better understanding of the disaster.
“We now have every rivet of the Titanic, every detail, we can put it back together, so for the first time we can actually see what happened and use real science to find out what happened,”
During the mission, the company deployed two submersibles to map every millimeter of the sunken ship, including a debris field that stretches for about three miles. In total, 16 terabytes of data were retrieved, as well as more than 715,000 photos and videos in 4K format. These were then processed to create a digital 3D double.
We will remind that Titanic sank in 1912. He hit an iceberg and began taking on water, flooding five of the 16 watertight compartments, thus sealing his fate. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members perished. Only about 710 of those on board survived. The Titanic remained undiscovered at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean until the fall of 1985.