On her maiden voyage the Royal Mail Ship Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic just before midnight on April 14th, 1912. Dr. Robert Ballard first discovered the ship's wreckage in 1985. Nearly twenty years later, in a look-don't-touch mission, Dr. Ballard and a team of researchers returned to the wreck site to survey the wreckage and conduct scientific analysis of the ship's deterioration. Using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the team was able to capture never-before-seen images of the wreck.
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