Science: Into the Trench

Sixty miles southeast of Guam, the Navy's bathyscaphe Trieste (TIME, Sept. 1, 1958) settled slowly below the rolling .sea. In the small, thick-shelled crew compartment were Lieut. Donald Walsh and Swiss Scientist Jacques Piccard (son of the bathyscaphe's inventor, Auguste Piccard). At 24,000 ft. (more than 4½ miles) below the surface, the Trieste touched the greatest depth ever reached by man.

Final target of Trieste and her crew is the Marianas Trench, which runs east of

Guam and is believed to include the deepest place in the earth's oceans, about 37,000 ft. below the surface. To cruise into this fearful place, seven miles...

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