Science: The Lower Depths

The Belgian ship Scaldis was due to sail from Antwerp last week. The important cargo was the "bathyscaphe" designed by Professor Auguste ("Captain Nemo") Piccard, 64, of balloon fame.* In the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa, the bathyscaphe will be lowered overboard with the professor and his coadventurer, Professor Max Cosyns, inside. Piccard expects to descend to a depth of 2½ miles.

The bathyscaphe, long abuilding (TIME, July 8, 1946; Aug. 18, 1947) is a steel sphere 6½ feet in outside diameter with thick walls to resist the enormous underwater pressure. It will not...

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