The Titanic Gets Its Most Thorough Scan EverS

The RMS Titanic has been sitting on the ocean floor since 1912, but scientists think we've only really surveyed 50% of the wreckage. A new expedition, using the most cutting-edge imaging technology available, will "virtually raise" the entire ship.

According to Dave Gallo, director of special projects at the world's biggest nonprofit oceanographic institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, previous trips to the Titanic have been intended as "pretty much exploration, or adventure."

The new effort, Expedition Titanic—which has a stunningly beautiful website—will be the first thorough "archeological" survey, intended to be "like the CSI of the underwater world," says Gallo.

The Titanic Gets Its Most Thorough Scan EverS

To capture Titanic as it's never been seen before, researchers will use the latest robotic and sonar technologies, as well as an array of imaging techniques, including high-resolution 3D. The expedition's site explains:

[The researchers] will painstakingly set up the sonar at up to 30 locations around the bow and take an acoustic snapshot of Titanic at each location. Attempting to create a 3D model of something this large and irregularly shaped, at this depth of water, has never before been attempted.

Somewhere, James Cameron is incredibly excited by the news. Or incredibly jealous he wasn't invited. [Expedition Titanic via Reuters via Scuttlefish]