New Expedition to 'Virtually Raise' Titanic
Scientists will create 3D map of deteriorating wreck
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by SwellConvivialGuy
Posted Jul 27, 2010 6:49 AM CDT
The bow of the Titanic is seen at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland.   (AP Photo/Ralph White)

(Newser) – Scientists plan to "virtually raise the Titanic" next month in what's being billed as the most advanced expedition yet to the wreck. A team of some of the world's leading archeologists, oceanographers, and other scientists will visit the site to assess the state of the shipwreck and create a detailed 3-D map of the crumbling remains.

"For the first time, we're really going to treat it as an archaeological site with two things in mind," expedition leader David Gallo tells the AP. "One is to preserve the legacy of the ship by enhancing the story of the Titanic itself. The second part is to really understand what the state of the ship is." The team has a sense of urgency, Gallo says, because parts of the Titanic are believed to be on the verge of collapse.