(CNN) — New images have been released showing the wreckage of the RMS Titanic as never seen before: in full 8K format, the highest resolution so far.
That’s 8,000 pixels, or twice as bright as a 4K TV. And that means there’s an unprecedented level of detail and color in this latest exploration of the 110-year-old ship.
The video was taken by OceanGate Expeditions during its 2022 visit to the site, located 2.4 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, about 400 nautical miles from Newfoundland, Canada.
OceanGate runs tours of the Titanic with teams of submersible diving experts, Titanic historians, and research scientists, including civilian mission experts” paying $250,000 for the privilege of being one of the few people who first saw the final resting place of the legendary ship.- hands.
“The incredible detail of the 8K image will help our team of scientists and marine archaeologists accurately demonstrate the decay of the Titanic as we capture new images in 2023 and beyond,” said Stockton Rush. , president of OceanGate Expeditions, in a statement. Most impressive, he added, were the “phenomenal colors.”
Never seen before
The newly released photos have been opened by shooting the bow of the Titanic, which famously sank first after the British liner hit an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912.
Features of the ship, such as the name of the anchor manufacturer, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd are visible on the port side anchor. “I’ve studied diving for many years and I’ve completed many dives, and I can’t remember seeing another photo that shows this level of detail,” said Rory Golden. , OceanGate Expeditions Titanic expert and veteran Titanic diver, in the release.
The green lights seen on the port side anchor in the form of cameras on the other side from the laser scaling system, explained Paul Henry Nargeolet, a pilot of the Nautile submersible and Titanic diver. “This system allows us to accurately determine the amount of material […] The distance between the two green lights is 10 centimeters.
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“At the beginning of the video you can see the crane used to lift the 15-ton anchor still lying on the ship’s deck and the shackle that was previously attached to the The main mast has fallen now,” explained Nargelot.
Later in the video we see three round houses on the inside. These, Nargelot said, are the three fairleads that feed the mooring lines to the heads on the shore to secure the 269-meter vessel while it is in port.
The photo also shows the first of the Titanic’s two hulls, its large anchor chain (each link weighs about 200 pounds), the first of the Titanic’s six cargo holds, and the captains ship’s solid brass.
There are also large signs of damage where one of the ship’s rails has collapsed.
“One of the most amazing pictures shows one of the single boxes that fell to the ocean floor when the Titanic broke in two. It was discovered in 1985,” said Golden.
“When comparing images and images from [our 2021 expedition]We see small changes in some areas of the wreck,” said Rush. “Our scientific team will look at the 8K, 4K, and other images captured during the 2022 Titanic Expedition for changes. “
The incredible damage is happening at an alarming rate. The salt water and the stress of the sea have only damaged it in the last century and more, while the microbes are eating the steel hull, creating thousands of rusticles – those kinds of orange -melted green hanging over the Titanic like thousands of icebergs. According to some opinions, the ship will disappear in a few years.
A perfect fit inside the Titan.
OceanGate Expeditions hopes the new images will help determine the extent of the liner’s current damage, as future expeditions will take new images that can be compared each year. .
The video should help scientists identify the structures found on and around the Titanic, while archaeologists will be able to document the debris and debris in great detail.
Places are now open for the 2023 voyage, departing from Newfoundland in May of next year. Those who make the deep dive are among the two or three hundred who make the journey — far fewer people than the space voyage.
Top photo: Above the surface on OceanGate’s 2022 Titanic Expedition (credit: OceanGate).