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A company hopes to visit the Titanic wreckage in summer 2019

Credits : NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI)

Some might dream of going to space, while others might like to lose themselves in a tropical forest or explore the North or South pole however there are others that are drawn towards to the depths of our great oceans.  A company wanting to finance scientific expeditions has offered the public a chance to visit the Titanic shipwreck.  The first expeditions will take place in a few months time. 

A shipwreck that always captures people’s attention

RMS Titanic which was shipwrecked in 1912 has always captured people’s interest.  The wreckage was discovered in 1985 along the coast of Newfoundland, Canada at a depth of 3,800 m.  However the interest in this wreckage is no where near dwindling.  In 2010 researchers revealed that a bacteria called Halomonas titanicae was eating up the wreckage.  It is believed this bacteria, resistant to the pressure at these depths and the darkness, could devour the wreckage so that there is nothing left by 2030!

There is a virtual reality experience of the Titanic which can be kept as a memory of this famous shipwreck but is this really enough?  In 2014 it was announced that a life-sized replica of the famous liner was to be built in China. However the replica would not be setting sail as a cruise liner instead it would be part of a large leisure park.

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Visit the real-life wreckage!

Scientists have been interested in Titanic since the wreckage was found.  However the discovery of the bacterium mentioned above is also a cause for concern. Financing expeditions is not always easy. However the company OceanGate has recently had an idea that could appeal to those interested in the Titanic history. They want to take volunteers to visit the Titanic wreckage in the depths of the Atlantic ocean, as shown on the official page of the project.

According the Evening Standard there are 6 planned expeditions between June and August 2019. These expeditions will cost no less than 83,400 pounds, which is the equivalent to the price first class ticket when the Titanic was in service (of course taking inflation into account). What’s more, OceanGate said it is a very special opportunity as it has been 13 years since people have visited the wreckage. The expeditions will involve dives that will last from 10 to 12 hours using a carbon fiber and titanium submarine.

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