Scientists will undertake a 20-day exploration of the Titanic wreck on August 18, with plans to “virtually raise” the ship for all to see. The team that will create the 3D map is bankrolled by private company RMS Titanic Inc. which owns the rights to the wreckage and currently tours with thousands of artifacts acquired from previous dives. The scientific mission is being lead by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Massachusetts who will gather new images to map the site and new data to help preserve the pieces of the ship. The Titanic, once believed to be unsinkable, went down on its maiden voyage when it struck ice on April, 14, 1912. More than 1,500 people died. The wreckage was discovered in 1985, four kilometers below the surface of the north Atlantic off Newfoundland.
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