Return to the Titanic: The Third Manned Mission
By Kevin Hardy
As seen in Sea Technology
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Why go back?
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Alvin allowed us the first up-close, in-person views of the remains of the R.M.S. Titanic. Those trips in 1986 – 75 years after her tragic sinking – brought back startling pictures of rusticles, the wine bottle-littered debris field, the twisted and broken hulk.
The second series of manned dives – this time with IFREMER’s deep submersible Nautile – brought back the first relics from the Edwardian-Age English ship.
Why go back again?
“Imaging,” said Emory Kristof, veteran underwater photographer for the Washington, D.C.- based National Geographic Society. “This was the underwater Mount Everest for imaging technology. We got to do it and do it right.”
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