Never-before seen photos of Titanic wreckage revealed

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As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking draws near, renewed interest and buzz continue to build around the famously doomed ship.  The April 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine features a collection of never-before-seen photos of the wreckage, made possible by new technologies and a multi-million dollar undersea expedition.

Titanic wreckage revealed

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The stunning new images provide a rare glimpse into the fate of the profligate ship. As chief scientist James Delgado put it, “This is a game-changer. In the past, trying to understand Titanic was like trying to understand Manhattan at midnight in a rainstorm—with a flashlight,” said Delgado.

According to National Geographic, this imagery was captured by three state-of-the-art robotic vehicles that flew at various altitudes above the abyssal plain in long, preprogrammed swaths. Bristling with side-scan and multibeam sonar as well as high-definition optical cameras snapping hundreds of images a second, the robots systematically “mowed the lawn,” as the technique is called, working back and forth across a three-by-five-mile target area of the ocean floor. These ribbons of data have now been digitally stitched together to assemble a massive high-definition picture in which everything has been precisely gridded and geo-referenced.”

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