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Mapping Titantic wreck in High-Def

2010-08-30 06:09:56 GMT2010-08-30 14:09:56 (Beijing Time)

An expedition captures high definition photos of the RMS Titanic, hoping to create the most detailed map yet of the legendary ship which sank in 1912.

Roughly four kilometers at the bottom of the North Atlantic, modern technology take on a legendary story.

Here lie the remains of the RMS Titanic - perhaps the most famous shipwreck in history - where they came to rest after the ship sank in April 1912.

Some 1,500 people on the luxury liner lost their lives.

Now a crew of scientists and archaeologists have begun capturing the first three dimensional, high definition pictures of the site - using sonar and a remote camera.

They're looking to create the most detailed map of the wreck yet before it disintegrates.

The mission - headed by the U.S. group RMS Titanic who hold exploration rights for the wreck - also hopes to understand more about why the ship sunk.

Back when it was built the Titanic was considered unsinkable, but a collision with an iceberg sent the ship to the bottom of the sea -- and into history.

The wreck was discovered in 1985 after decades of searching.

For those eager to follow along on this new Titanic exploration, there will be real-time video and Facebook updates throughout the 20-day mission.

David Botti, Reuters

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