If you've ever traveled across the Northern Atlantic, you have probably passed the site where the infamous 'unsinkable' Titanic landed when it sank in 1912. Now, starting in May 2021, a lucky few will have the opportunity to visit the shipwreck for the whopping price of $125,000.
The unique dive tour will be carried out by OceanGate Expeditions, a Washington-based company. From May to September over the next few years, OceanGate Expeditions will be visiting the ship to conduct a series of research expeditions and bringing a small number of guests to enjoy the dive.
OceanGate Expeditions worked with NASA and Boeing to build Titan
There will be six 10-day missions, and the Cyclops-class submersible, Titan, will be transporting experts, researchers, and the citizen scientists trained as Mission Specialists to the Titanic. The president of OceanGate Expeditions, Stockton Rush reportedly worked with Boeing and NASA to create and build the submersible.
The submersible can accommodate a pilot, a scientist, and three Mission Specialists who’ll have paid $125,000 each. Titan, which will bring passengers aboard 12,467 feet (3,800 meters) under the sea, has a 21-inch (53-cm) circular window that will allow two people to peer outside, and the Mission Specialists will help document the site.
A research-based trip
The aim of the study will be to study the rate of Titanic's decaying and report the artifacts that surround the wreckage. They'll be listing a few of the 300 types of animals that reside in Titanic.
By using multi-beam sonar, laser scanners, and photogrammetric technology, they'll also be creating a detailed 3D model of the ship's remains and the portions of the debris field that surrounds it.
Furthering science and practicing safe tourism amidst COVID-19, it doesn't get better than that. However, since the experience comes with a hefty price, you might want to wait until Titanic II is ready to sail for a different taste.