The sinking of the Titanic is one of the best-known disasters in U.S. history, yet there’s still a lot we just don’t know about the massive ship and some of her final passengers. The insanely successful James Cameron film “Titanic” helped us get a glimpse of what the interior looked like and put the accident in perspective; the moment when the crew realizes they’re headed for an iceberg collision that can’t be escaped is particularly chilling.
But just imagining what the ship–and the disaster–was like isn’t enough for the folks at Google Earth; they’ve created a 3-D model of the Titanic wreckage which allows users to click on different sections of the ship for photographs and a brief history lesson.
The wreckage was originally discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard, who is currently helping an expedition to find the site where Amelia Earhart’s plane might have gone down. Since then, several trips have been made to the sea floor in an effort to uncover more information about the hundreds of people who lost their lives and about the ship dubbed by it’s creators as “unsinkable”.