Stunning new 8K footage shows Titanic looking like never before

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(CNN) – New footage has been released showing the wreck of the RMS Titanic as it has never been seen before: in full 8K quality, the highest screen resolution currently available.

That’s a horizontal resolution of 8,000 pixels, or twice as clear as a 4K TV. And that means there’s an unprecedented level of detail and color in this latest discovery of a 110-year-old shipwreck.

The video was captured by Oceangate Expeditions on its voyage to the 2022 site, which is 2.4 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, about 400 nautical miles off Newfoundland, Canada.

Oceangate undertakes expeditions to the Titanic wreck with a team of submersible dive experts, Titanic historians and research scientists, along with civilian mission specialists “who are paid $250,000 for the privilege of being one of the few who have ever lived before.” Saw the final resting place of the legendary ship. -Hand.

Stockton Rush, president of Oceangate Expeditions, said in a press release, “The amazing detail in the 8K footage will help our team of scientists and marine archaeologists to more accurately characterize the Titanic’s decay as we see new footage in 2023 and beyond.” capture it.” , What’s even more remarkable, he said, is the “unprecedented color”.

never seen before clarity

Newly released footage opens up the bow of the Titanic, which was the first to sink after a British passenger liner collided with an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912.

The ship’s features, such as the name of the anchor manufacturer, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd., are now visible at anchorage along the harbour. Oceangate Expedition Titanic specialist and veteran Titanic diver Rory Golden said in the release, “I’ve been studying the wreck for decades and have done several dives, and I don’t remember seeing any other image showing this level of detail. ” ,

Paul Henry Nargolet, a veteran Nautilus submarine pilot and Titanic diver, explained that the green lights visible on the port side anchors come from the laser scaling system. “This system allows us to accurately determine the size of objects […] The distance between two green lights is 10 cm.”

A five-person submarine named Titan lands in 2021.

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“In the early video you can see that the crane was used to deploy the massive 15-ton anchor which is still located on the wreck deck and was originally attached to the main mast, which has now collapsed. Gone,” Nargelot also explained.

Later in the video we see three round structures with railings on the inside. These are triple fairleads, Nargelot said, which once fed docking ropes to bollards on the shore to secure the 269-metre ship in port.

Footage also shows the first of Titanic’s two hulls, its massive anchor chain (each link weighs about 200 pounds), the first of Titanic’s six cargo holds, and the ship’s solid bronze capstan.

silent damage

There is also substantial evidence of decay where some of the ship’s rails have collapsed and fallen.

“One of the most amazing clips shows one of the single-ended boilers that collapsed to the bottom of the ocean when the Titanic broke in two. Notably, it was one of the single-ended boilers that Titanic used for the first time.” Was seen in the wreckage of K. Identified back in 1985,” Golden said.

In comparing footage and images from [our 2021 expedition]We see minor changes in some areas of the debris,” Rush said. “Our science team will review 8K, 4K and other footage captured during the 2022 Titanic campaign for any changes.”

The extraordinary debris is decaying at a rapid rate. Saltwater and ocean pressure have quietly been damaging for the last century and more, while microbes eat away at the steel hull, creating thousands of rusts—those oxidized orange-green formations that engulfed the Titanic for so many thousands of years. Hangs like icicles. Some estimates say that the ship will disappear in a few decades.

It's a snug fit inside the Titan.

It’s a snug fit inside the Titan.

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Oceangate Expeditions hopes the new footage will help determine the liner’s current rate of decay, as future expeditions capture further footage that can be compared year after year.

The video will also help scientists identify species seen on and around the Titanic, while archaeologists will be able to better document the debris and debris field.

The spots are now open for the 2023 campaign, which begins in Newfoundland in May of next year. Those who determined the depth would be one in two or three hundred people who made the journey – fewer people than those who traveled to space.

Applicants for a 10-day mission (of which eight days are at sea) can Contact Oceangate To discuss eligibility, availability, and that quarter million price tag.

Top image: Above the surface on Oceangate’s 2022 Titanic expedition(Credit: OceanGate).