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November 13, 2018 - For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 10km below the surface.
The mission, called “Five Deeps”, will begin in December with a descent to the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean and a place no human has ever explored, according to the Business Insider website.
Subsequent dives aim to reach the bottom of the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean, the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, Challenger Deep in the Pacific and Molloy Deep in the Arctic.
Each dive will use a Triton 36000/2 deep-submergence vehicle, the world’s first craft certified to repeatedly carry humans on dives of 11,000m, according to its manufacturers.
After leaving its support vessel, the submersible will be piloted by explorer and investor Victor Vescovo, along with scientist Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University. Diving in many of the world’s most remote environments, the team aim to set new records and observe new species.
Discovery and Science Channel will capture the entire mission for a project known as “Deep Planet” that will air in 2019.
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