Scientists 'to virtually raise Titanic using 3D technology'

     Scientists are hoping to virtually raise the doomed ship Titanic sitting on the floor of the North Atlantic by using 3D technology to map the wreckage site for the first time. A team of experts are set to reconstruct a detailed picture of the remains with cutting-edge robots, acoustic imaging, sonar technologies and high resolution optical, video and 3D imaging. The images will map out the entire wreckage site of the sunken transatlantic liner, much of which has never been seen before. "About 40 percent we think - maybe 50 percent - of the Titanic site has never been looked at," the Sun quoted co-expedition leader Dave Gallo, director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the world's largest private non-profit oceanographic organisation, as saying. "Everything to this point has been pretty much exploration, or adventure. We want to go into this area and understand where everything is and how it got there. It's going to be like the CSI of the underwater world," he stated. The RMS Titanic was the world's biggest passenger liner when it left Southampton , England , for New York on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Four days into the trip, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, taking more than 1,500 passengers with it. Its whereabouts remained a mystery until 1985, when it was discovered several hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland . Two teams, each consisting of about 30 experts, will conduct research, such as investigating whether micro-organisms collected at the site are distant relatives of those that went down with Titanic. Experts say that while raising the Titanic physically may be technically possible today, the cost and fragile nature of the ship make it extremely risky.

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