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Titanic expedition provides first wreck images in five years

The Titanic Bow from the starboard side is shown in these handout photos taken Saturday Aug. 28, 2010. Cutting-edge and 3D technology have helped to produce this picture -- the clearest to date.

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An expedition that surveying the wreck of the Titanic is showing off some crisp images of the doomed ocean liner.

It has used a pair of robots to take thousands of photographs and hours of video of the wreck, which lies roughly four kilometres below the surface.

The hi-resolution images include shots of the ship bow, clearing showing the railing and anchors.

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An expedition spokesman says they're the first images of the ship taken in over five years.

The expedition left St. John's, NL, earlier this month to the spot in the Atlantic where the ship struck an iceberg in 1912 and sank.

A total of 1,522 passengers and crew perished in the disaster, which has generated a cult-like following in the decades since.

Members of the expedition have described the robots being used as the "the great-great-grandchildren" of the equipment that first explored the Titanic in 1985.

They're being used to explore the entire debris field around the wreck, up to half of which has never been examined.

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