Monday, March 26, 2012

To Boldly Go

Read this article as a palate cleanser. It seems that the National Geographic Society has sponsored a trip to the Challenger Deep, a spot in the Mariana Trench that is the deepest in the ocean.
At 5:52 p.m. ET Sunday (7:52 a.m. Monday, local time), James Cameron arrived at the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, members of the National Geographic expedition have confirmed.

His depth on arrival: 35,756 feet (10,898 meters)—a figure unattainable anywhere else in the ocean.
We humans were built to explore and Cameron is exploring a place that very, very few people have ever seen. There have been more humans on the moon than have descended to the Challenger Deep and while we can all look at the moon, the environment in our deepest oceans is as alien to us as the surface of Jupiter.

This is very cool stuff. It's why we win. USA! USA!

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

True, but sadly, this was a PR trip, and I don't believe any real science was done (which could have REALLY helped our understanding of the extreme depths)...