In 2019, researchers made the first manned dive in 14 years to the Titanic, which lies at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 3,810 meters in 1 °C water temperature. Their conclusions were disappointing – constant currents, salt corrosion and metal-corroding bacteria were rapidly destroying the liner.
While the ship is still recognizable and hasn’t fused with the ocean floor, the exploration company OceanGate Expeditions is launching annual descents to the Titanic to document its condition. The first expedition, with a team of explorers and nine civilian scientists, has already set out from Newfoundland to begin chronicling it.
Places on subsequent expeditions will be available for anyone who wants to buy a spot for between $100,000 and $150,000. This is considerably cheaper than the $28 million for which you can fly into space with Jeff Bezos.
Ticket sales will start the first commercial expedition to the “Titanic”, where tourists will first see the sunken ship up close. The entire trip will take a week. During the dive, passengers will help the crew collect images and sonar data around the wreck field and document marine life.
Since the Titanic was discovered in 1985, the forward mast, aft deck and gymnasium near the main staircase have already collapsed. The resulting collapse in the captain’s cabin area is gradually widening, taking other rooms with it. This process is irreversible and will only progress. According to the forecasts of scientists, in 20 or 50 years at most the ship will be difficult to recognize.