Friday, September 3, 2010

NEWS: New 3D pictures of Titanic

By Kerry Sanders, NBC News, originally posted August 28, 2010

An expedition to the site where the Titanic came to rest in 1912 has captured some amazing 3D, HD footage of the wreckage.

On an evening shrouded in fog, much the way it was almost 100 years ago when the titanic hit an iceberg here.

The's fixed to the front, launched into the deep.

The trip down two miles to the wreck site takes more than two hours.

But with adjustments that can only be made by hand back on deck, the ROV had to surface twice before finally reaching the wreckage of the Titanic.

At 5:26 Saturday morning, the first 3-D pictures ever of the Titanic.

The expedition members, fitted with 3-D glasses, sat transfixed.

As the ROV moved along the starboard side, first---a view of the portholes....deck C...

Then as the camera climbed up the side, it revealed windows on the promenade.

And that thing sticking up on the top deck, historian Parks Stephenson says it's a lifeboat davit.

In his view, it's position suggests First Officer William Murdoch, who was at the helm when the Titanic struck the iceberg did not commit suicide as has long been theorized.

Rather Parks says it suggests Murdoch washed overboard as he tried to launch a lifeboat.

"Some speculate that he shot himself," Stevens said. "This davit here in the retracted position suggests to me that Murdoch was trying to launch that last life boat when the water overtook him."

In the past 24 hours, the teams have created the most detailed map ever of the Titanic wreck site.

These torpedo looking vehicles launched on pre-programmed routes criss crossed 15 miles of the ocean floor.

Sonar readings now detail the very large..and the tiny pieces of the Titanic.

"It's like having for the first time the map of a major city like Manhattan or Los Angeles," said David Gallo, Titanic Expedition Leader. "You know, for the first time we have a map."

Right now, they are working against the clock, of course Hurricane Danielle will threaten the work that's being done here, but it will only temporarily slow them down.

They have 3-D glasses to view the wreckage because it is being filmed in 3-D and then they have three different cameras.

This Titanic expedition is attempting to map upward of 40 percent of the debris field that has never been mapped before.

Saturday's weather was relatively calm, the boat is rocking a little bit, but by and large things are good as the RMS Titanic continues a first of its type, 3-D, H-D down below.