Victor Vescovo sets new record for deepest manned solo dive

Explorer Reaches Bottom of the Mariana Trench Breaks Record for Deepest Dive Ever

The 53-year-old diver spent four hours exploring the bottom of the ocean inside his small sub built to withstand huge pressure.

Humanity's impact on the planet was also evident with the discovery of plastic pollution.

Vescovo's solo dive was punctuated by 248 minutes spent on the bottom exploring the basin, which the expedition team said "is now the longest period of time ever spent on the bottom of the ocean by an individual".

Once he's conquered the mountains and oceans, Vescovo says his next challenge is space. It's only fair to assume that undiscovered species and evolution taking its course will unearth new deep-sea life forms in dives like Five Deeps'. (That's like having 50 jumbo jets piled on your head-so definitely don't step outside.) Built by the US-based company Triton Submarines, Limiting Factor was created to make multiple repeated dives to the deepest parts of the ocean.

"Honestly, toward the end, I simply turned the thrusters off, leaned back in the cockpit and enjoyed a tuna fish sandwich while I very slowly drifted just above the bottom of the deepest place on Earth, enjoying the view and appreciating what the team had done technically", Vescovo said. It's part of the Five Deeps Expedition, which is charting the ocean's five deepest areas.

Yes, Vescovo had to travel almost seven miles down into the ocean to find a plastic bag.

Lieutenant Don Walsh, USN, and Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe TRIESTE.

Among the discoveries made aboard the The Limiting Factor - the world's first titanium-hulled, two-person submersible to dive this far - were giant prawn-like amphipods and bottom-feeding sea cucumbers.

Victor Vescovo journeyed 35,853 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places, CNN reported. They were followed in 2012 by movie director James Cameron who made a solo trip into the trench.

Scientists discovered what they believe are four new species living in the trench and retrieved the deepest piece of mantle rock ever recovered from the western slope of the trench. According to The Guardian, Stephanie Fitzherbert, a spokeswoman for Victor's Five Deeps Expedition said that Victor, the Dallas-based co-founder of Insight Equity Holdings, is trying to verify if manmade material is plastic or not.

The worldwide Five Deeps expedition has successfully completed the deepest submarine dive in history.

The expedition team notes in the press release that the next stop on the Five Deeps Expedition is the Horizon Deep in the South Pacific Ocean.

The American businessman descended 35,853 feet (10,928 meters) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the world's oceans.



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