Into the Deep

The furthest that human beings have been away from home is somewhere between 356,400 km to 406,700 km. That’s the range in the Moon’s orbit, and 12 people have made it that far to walk  on the surface. In contrast, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific Ocean, at just shy of 11,000m (11km) is the deepest point that human beings have directly seen.  There have only been two people who have been there, and that was back in 1960.

Two oceanographers, Swiss Jacques Piccard, and American Don Walshmade it to that

Walsh and Picard in The Trieste

depth in the bathyscaphe Trieste in that historic journey. Since then there have been numerous unmanned voyages, but after more than 50 years,  these two remain alone in their accomplishment. Picard died in 2008, leaving 8o year old Walsh as the sole ultimate submariner.

Trieste being lowered into the ocean

The BBC has put together an interactive graphic that outlines the ocean zones. Here are some screen shots from the graphic.

Sunlight Zone

Trenches Zone - 6,000 and deeper

Challenger Deep

To put the ocean depths into perspective, the diameter of our planet is over 6,300km at the equator. That’s almost 630 times further than Challenger Deep to the centre of the inner core.

There is a greater probability that humans will walk on the surface of Mars than we will ever get to the centre of our own planet.

via Mano Singham000

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2 Responses to Into the Deep

  1. 11,000m 🙂 If they went 11,000km they’d pop out the other side and it would look like Mercury. 🙂

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