The Titanic is slowly but surely disappearing - here's what the wreck looks like now
- The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after it hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage from England to New York. The accident killed 1,517 people.
- The steam liner sank to a depth of more than 12,000 feet. Its remains were located on September 1, 1985.
- Since then, dozens of manned and unmanned submersibles have visited and photographed the Titanic's disintegrating body on the sea floor.
- In August, divers visited the wreckage for the first time in 14 years. Their photos reveal that the ship has significantly deteriorated due to deep-sea currents and metal-eating bacteria.
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In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic slipped more than 12,000 feet beneath the waves, killing 1,517 people.
The ship had been on its maiden voyage to New York City, but hit an iceberg about 400 miles from Newfoundland.The wreckage sat undisturbed for more than 70 years until the US Navy discovered it during what was later revealed to be a secret Cold War mission on September 1, 1985. Since then, dozens of manned and unmanned submersibles have visited the Titanic's underwater remains.
In August, divers from the Triton Submarines exploration team filmed the wreckage over a series of five dives; it was the first time people had returned to the Titanic in 14 years.
The expedition captured ultra high-definition 4K footage, which could help researchers create 3D models of the ship, assess the Titanic's current condition, and make projections about its future.
Because the Titanic isn't timeless.
In fact, scientists think the entire shipwreck could vanish by 2030 due to bacteria that's eating away at the metal. The following photographs reveal the Titanic's deteriorating conditions.