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Images mark 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

By: Katherine Butler on April 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
submersible Mir at the Keldysh

Photo: NOAA

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Historic preservation

This is an image from NOAA’s 2003 exploration of Titanic with the submersible Mir. As NOAA describes it, “water drips from the hull in preparation for returning to the Keldysh.” The Akademik Mstislav Keldysh is a Russian scientific research vessel that supported the Mir submersible.

In the 100 years since its sinking, interest in the Titanic has not waned. As discoverer Ballard said to National Geographic, deep-sea tourists and salvage companies have turned the site into a “comedy.” As Ballard wrote, “a New York couple had even plunked down on Titanic's bow in a submersible to be married … I’d urged others to treat Titanic's remains with dignity, like that shown the battleship Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Instead they'd turned her into a freak show at the county fair.”