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It Took 52 Years But They Didi It Again.

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Auctioneer, Mar 26, 2012.

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  1. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    In 1960 Jacques Piccard and US Navy Capt Don Walsh did and now after 52 years James Cameron has done the same.

    Those three are in the history books for being on the lowest part of the world. They were 36,000 feet below the sea in the Mariana Trench.

    The first one in 1960 had some mishaps. For one the pub they were in had a fault in their spear. It did shift some on the dive. Second the lead shot they were using to take them down almost didn't let them go back up. The release valve was stuck for a few min's. Heart attack time. They in time got the shot released and came back up.

    The dive down in 1960 took them 5 hours and the dive today was only 2 hours.
     
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    For those that don't know, the Mariana Trench is 120 miles larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall. At 6.8 miles below the surface, the pressure is equivalent of (3) SUV's sitting on your toe. An impressive accomplishment especially when done first in 1960.
     
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    Prices being what they are,Cameron is going after the lead!
     
  5. no5shooter

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    "For one the pub they were in had a fault in their spear." Huh? OK, I know the pub is just a typo and Auctioneer meant sub, which I thought was kinda funny, but what the heck is a spear on a sub?
     
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    SORRRYYYYY, LOL They said while they were down they heard a loud bang or pop. When they came back up the SUB was disformed at a joint. Scary. Its still that way today.
     
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    I'm thinking Mars would be a pretty friendly place compared to the abyss.
     
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