3D photos cast Titanic in new light
Excerpt: The scientists are in the process of using fibre-optic cameras to identify and catalogue the artifacts in the debris scattered over miles, using high-definition, 3-D still images and video. With more than 16,000 pictures taken, researchers are already a quarter of the way done after just a day and a half’s work with the 3D cameras.
“I was not prepared for how amazing that [one] glimpse was,” said James Delgado, shipwreck archaeologist and principal investigator, and one of two Canadians on the expedition. He said the 3D view from the Jean Charcot’s onboard laboratory was better than his deep-sea submarine trip to the Titanic years ago. He said the visual quality of the research means it will be shared among scientists and the public.
“Now everyone can literally look, in 3D, and it’s as if you’re diving Titanic. And that just stuns me,” he said.
The end goal is a complete archaeological site plan and inventory.
“Most people don’t realize that, while we have mapped the surface of the moon and the surface of Mars, we have not done that for the ocean. There are still vast areas of this planet that are still unexplored and unknown,” Mr. Delgado said.