Deep Challenge- Onward and Downward

Travel along on a record-breaking descent to the deepest spot in the ocean.

Divers wrangle a 3-D camera while filming a test in the New Britain Trench off Papua New Guinea. The sub bristles with lights, cameras, and scientific equipment.   Image © Mark Thiessen/National Geographic



Deepsea Challenger Launched from the Mermaid SapphireImage © Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Deepsea Challenger launched from the Mermaid Sapphire, the sub relies on 180 different systems, from battery packs to sonar.

Deepsea Challenger- Onward and DownwardImage © Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

A panel of LED lights illuminates the bottom during a test dive off the Ulithi Atoll. Sediment samples later collected in the Mariana Trench revealed previously unknown microorganisms.



Deepsea Challenger- Onward and DownwardImage © National Geographic

The images are from the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

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