While some very wealthy people attempt to become astronauts, and move towards colonising other planets, presumably so that we can mess up climate change there as well, some people with money do useful things, like the Gates Foundation, and the people behind “Five Deeps”
Reaching the Deep
The first dive being in December 2018 reaching almost five miles down in the Puerto Rico trench, in the Atlantic Ocean. Vescovo also reached the deepest place on earth, the Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean, at 10,925 m (35K feet) it is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Mind you, Vescovo has also climbed Everest, so that’s also a first.
The “Five Deeps” programme, was on a mission to reach all five of the deepest points in the world’s five oceans. The final dive was August 2019, reaching 18,209 feet (5.5km) down in the Molloy Trench, the deepest point of the Arctic Ocean.
The dives were made possible by developing a Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) called “Limiting Factor”. This $48m (£38m) submarine enabled these intrepid explorers to complete the “Five Deeps”, and was funded by Vescovo, a wall street trader and founder of US private equity firm Insight Equity Holdings.
The research vessel that reached these locations, was the “Pressure Drop”, able to map depths 36,000 feet (nearly 11km), the DSSV mapped the seafloor as it traversed the five oceans. he bathymetric (depth) data covers roughly 300,000 square km – an area equivalent to Italy. This data is being donated to the international project that seeks to chart the entire global ocean floor by 2030.
As well as that exceptional data , the expedition has demonstrated the capability of the latest deep-sea technology and future activities are underway. Human endeavour and sharing knowledge, versus rich boys in rockets! Let me think which is the greater endeavour.