The wreckage of the RMS Titanic has sat 3,800 meters beneath the sea for over a hundred and ten years after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage from the U.K. to New York City.
It’s not an easy site to visit, the water pressure at the Titanic wreck site is nearly 400 atmospheres, in layman’s terms, it’s the equivalent of 35 elephants standing on your head.
In fact, just to show you how much it would crush, OceanGate Expeditions – who are the only crew taking tourists under the ocean in the area – offer a styrofoam cup with your own original artwork drawn onto it to take under with you, as you travel down to the Titanic site, watch in amazement as the cup compresses down to a quarter of its size. Which tourists have been able to personally do since 2021, for a cool $125,000 a pop.
Fexspensive tourism aside, the 2022 Titanic Expedition has successfully navigated the deep waters and succeeded in capturing the first detailed 8K footage of the sunken ship.
The Titanic Expedition mission is set to survey the wreck of the RMS Titanic over the course of multiple dives and says its goal is to assess and document the condition of the wreck with the use of high-def deep-sea cameras and 3D sonar scanners to advance science in relation to its rate of deterioration as well as document the inhabiting marine life in the wreck.
“Capturing this 8K footage will allow us to zoom in and still have 4K quality which is key for large screen and immersive video projects. Even more remarkable are the phenomenal colours in this footage,” Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions, says.
The extremely detailed footage, published on the OceanGate Expeditions YouTube Channel, will be used by scientists to characterise the decay of the Titanic more precisely.
Rory Golden, OceanGate Expeditions Titanic expert and veteran Titanic diver explains:
“We are seeing new details in this footage. For example, I had never seen the name of the anchor maker, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd., on the portside anchor. I’ve been studying the wreck for decades and have completed multiple dives, and I can’t recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail. It is exciting that, after so many years, we may have discovered a new detail that wasn’t as obvious with previous generations of camera technologies.”
Watch the footage below.