Science: J.J. Tours The Titanic

Titanic Far below the waves, a versatile robot explores the great ship

Crystal chandeliers perfectly intact; stalactites of rust hanging from ceilings and dripping down walls; the grand staircase, minus the stairs; the ship's wheel, the wood eaten away but the brass fittings gleaming like new. These were some of the eerie images that emerged last week as a camera- equipped robot wandered through the Titanic, the first visitor to enter the "unsinkable" ship since an iceberg sent her and more than 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers to the bottom of the sea on her maiden voyage in April 1912. "It was a breathtaking experience," says Marine Geologist Robert Ballard, 44, who located...

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