Saturday, August 8, 1998 Published at 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK
Titanic's last two miles
Hailed as unsinkable, but more than 1,500 died on theTitanic
A British scientist is to be part of a team that will plot once and for all the final journey of the Titanic.
Using a robotic arm, Dr Best will take samples from the sea bed, which will later be analysed.
If the samples are heavily compacted, scientists will be able to prove that the vessel hit the floor with force.
More than 1,500 people perished on the liner's maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912.
The wreck of the Titanic was found 13 years ago, and several explorations have been carried out on it since.
Dr Best said: "By taking geological samples and also studying the ground around the wreck, we will be able to determine how hard the ship hit the sea floor."
The technique developed at Southampton will be used to investigate any future sinkings.