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Titanic at National Geographic: 100 years of mystery and discovery

Images are part of National Geographic Museum "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession" (Emory Kristof)

And the National Geographic Society has taken a lead in exploring every detail about the ship and its doomed voyage and the investigation and discovery of the shipwreck.

The expedition to the shipwreck, led by oceanographer Robert Ballard, and the story’s place in popular culture are part of a new exhibition “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,” opening March 29 at the National Geographic Museum. The show also includes information gathered in 33 dives organized by James Cameron, the director of the Oscar-winning movie “Titanic.”

The exhibition starts with an 18-foot scale model of the ship and a recreation of the Marconi radio room. These items are augmented by replicas and props from the film, including life vests and a life boat.

The ship hit an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912.

In 1985, Ballard and a team of scientists found the Titanic, 12,000 feet beneath the ocean surface. The interest only escalated with this news. The exhibition includes a video of the team’s historic discovery.

Other props from Cameron’s film include a 20-foot model of the shipwrecked bow. From Cameron’s real world are data from the dives as well as a remotely operated vehicle that Cameron used in 2001 to explore the interiors of the ship for the first time.

The National Geographic exhibition, part of many tributes for this 100th anniversary, is open until July 8.

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