National Geographic

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

Expedition Journal

A No-Hitter

“Mariners call this a confused sea,” Captain Stu Buckle tells me.

An hour before sunrise, the Mermaid Sapphire had slipped out of her berth at the Australian Navy Yard and headed into the great open harbor. Forty minutes later we’re passing through the headlands into a dark-blue ocean with waves riding the crests of 6.6-foot (2-meter) swells.

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Predive Preparations

The team is getting better. Yesterday it took five hours to run the checklist; today things are moving faster.

At 11 a.m., the sub hanger fills with men whose task is to make sure the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER is ready for her first manned dive.

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Science Partners

  • Additional major support provided by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Guam