Three days after a team of scientists announced that they have stitched together the most complete map of the wreck of the Titanic, the Friends Society of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk enjoyed a special presentation about the findings by one of the expedition's leaders.
Dr. David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, spoke on Sunday, March 11, to about 60 Friends Society guests during a special evening gathering at the aquarium.
Gallo was co-leader of the 2010 expedition that recorded the entire Titanic wreck site with new detail, clarity and accuracy. A resulting 3D map, which was announced March 8, allows researchers to view the wreckage, which sits 2-and-a-half miles beneath the surface, as a whole for the first time, not just as scattered pieces.
Through Gallo's slide presentation, attendees got a special advance look at the Titanic images. The rest of the country will have to wait to see them during a special program on the History Channel to air next month -- on April 15, the 100th anniversary of Titanic's fateful encounter with an iceberg.
Gallo also spoke on the efforts to locate Air France Flight 447, which crashed 600 miles off the coast of Brazil in June 2009. Gallo was U.S. project leader of the search for the missing airplane, which finally was located in April 2011, 13,000 feet down.
Gallo, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, also has served as co-expedition leader of an exploration of the German battleship Bismarck. And he is a member of James Cameron's Deep Ocean Task Force.
The Maritime Aquarium's Friends Society is comprised of donors who give $1,000 or more per year. Aside from supporting the aquarium's educational mission, Friends Society members receive free aquarium admission, priority notices of aquarium offerings, invitations to special events and more.
To learn more about becoming a member of the aquarium's Friends Society, call 203-852-0700, ext. 2277.