On July 18, 1986, new video footage of the sunken ocean liner RMS Titanic was released to the public. These videos were taken on the first manned expedition to the shipwreck site, discovered less than a year earlier. The footage offered astonishing views of the luxurious features Titanic was known for, including grand staircases and glittering chandeliers.

A year after discovering Titanic, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Robert Ballard returned to the wreck with the submarine craft Alvin. Ballard and several others traveled more than 3 kilometers (2 miles) under the surface of the ocean to explore the site. Alvin’s crew saw a remarkably intact ship: the boiler room, the remains of a wood-burning stove, unopened Champagne bottles, and the ship’s safe, which was left unopened and undisturbed.

astonish
Verb

to greatly surprise.

chandelier
Noun

large, complex lighting fixture that usually hangs from a ceiling.

discover
Verb

to learn or understand something for the first time.

expedition
Noun

journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

Explorer-in-Residence
Noun

pre-eminent explorers and scientists collaborating with the National Geographic Society to make groundbreaking discoveries that generate critical scientific information, conservation-related initiatives and compelling stories.

footage
Noun

moving images recorded by video or motion picture cameras.

luxurious
Adjective

rich or self-indulgent.

shipwreck
Noun

remains of a sunken marine vessel.

submarine
Noun

vehicle that can travel underwater.

Titanic
Noun

luxury cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

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