First we had Richard Branson’s first commercial spaceship, now he has decided to venture into the unknown depths of the Oceans, in a submarine. Not just any old submarine, but a submarine that will go deeper than anyone as ever gone before. He wants to go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic’s Puerto Rico Trench and South Sandwich Trench, the Diamantina Trench in the Indian Ocean and the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean. It sounds like a really great adventure.
Branson’s fellow explorer, Chris Welsh, plans to make the first descent later this year to the Mariana Trench, which at 10,972 metres is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Branson then plans to explore the 8530-metre deep Puerto Rico Trench.
The pilots for the other three trips have not been chosen.
“Man has not explored our ocean,” the Virgin Atlantic founder said in an interview at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Read the full story in the Herald Sun.
There is also a story about the risks of such a journey:-
But the risks are immense. Just a simple leak in the submarine could cause it to implode and be crushed like a paper cup.
So few other submersibles can descend to such a depth that “rescue is impossible”, Mr Welsh said.
“It’s like being on the dark side of the moon.”
And way down there are creatures we don’t yet know about. Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.