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Half century since deepest dive

January 15, 2010

An intriguing anniversary is coming next week: 50 years since two men — U.S. Navy Captain Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer and engineer Jacques Piccard — made the deepest dive in history. On January 23, 1960, Walsh and Piccard, aboard the deep submersible Trieste (seen in photo with destroyer U.S.S. Lewis behind), dove more than 35,800 feet deep into the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the earth’s ocean near Guam.

So it has been 50 years since humans have been to the deepest part of the planet yet only 38 years since humans have walked on the moon. [Now I need an incredibly profound remark about why this is significant. Followed by a pithy line to close out this post. Then a catchy sign off.]

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