Friday, April 6, 2012



As the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking approaches, a team of scientists, engineers, archaeologists and imaging experts have joined forces to answer one of the most haunting questions surrounding the legendary disaster: Just how did the “unsinkable” ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912? 

TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED premiering Sunday, April 15 at 8-10pm on HISTORY (Astro Channel 555), will document this most recent mission, unveiling astonishing pieces of never-before-seen wreckage and presenting the expedition’s unexpected findings as well as definitive answers.

In 2010, HISTORY joined the world’s top underwater experts in this most recent expedition to the wreck site, one that completed the most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever made. The undertaking, which included the leadership participation of RMS Titanic, Inc., the salvor in possession of the wreck site, yielded unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic’s watery grave – the entire fifteen square-mile patch of ocean floor where Titanic came to rest – helping to solve the century-old puzzle of what went wrong and to determine who or what was responsible.

TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED tells the exclusive story of this expedition.  In addition to the mapping of the entire site, the special will also reveal for the first time the complete picture of the breakup and sinking by use of a virtual hangar.  Applying the techniques of a space shuttle or aircraft accident investigation (mapping the site and reassembling the pieces in a hangar), the team of experts will create a virtual holographic reconstruction of the wreck site in a hangar.  No other anniversary show has the exclusive story of this unique expedition and its startling revelations.

In the twenty-five years since the wreck was located, no one has ever explored and mapped the entire site – none has had all the keys to understanding what could have truly happened on that fateful night – as nearly half the area remained unseen and unknown, and significant portions of the ship, which could reveal how it broke, were missing. 

Now, after 100 years, every inch of the entire site is finally known, and every piece of the ship documented exactly where it landed on the ocean floor a century ago.

In TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED, viewers see newly discovered pieces of the ship for the first time, follow the expedition’s new finds, and will come to learn the definitive story of how the ship broke apart. The event special will answer the biggest questions about Titanic: did she have a fatal flaw, and if so, who or what was responsible?  By the end of TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED viewers will finally know the whole story, finally laying the Titanic to rest.

“The story of the sinking of the Titanic has an enduring fascination for millions of people around the world, and hence it led to one of the most successful movies of all time.  But the trouble is that that has defined the history of the event for many people.  What we wanted to do was to revisit this tragedy from a scientific point of view and really discover the truth about what must have happened on the night of April 14/15, 1912.  So TITANIC: Mystery Solved is the most definitive account to date of how the Titanic sank, and will stand out from all the other programmes being made to commemorate the anniversary,” shared Louis Boswell, General Manager, AETN All Asia Networks.

While other anniversary programs tout best-guess theories and land-based speculation, TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED presents new findings based on real-world hard evidence gathered on-site to deconstruct the disaster and show exactly how the ship broke apart.  From this analysis, we’ll find out who or what was at fault and who or what has been blamed unfairly. 

This will be the definitive story of the tragic sinking of Titanic.

 TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED will premiere 15 April, 8pm on HISTORY™ (Astro Ch 555)

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