Spotlight: Deepest-ever descent, Mariana Trench

Wired is featuring a terrific resurrection of this exciting ocean exploration story –

“Fifty-one years ago this Sunday, Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and Navy oceanographer Don Walsh descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the sea’s surface. It’s the lowest point on Earth, and deeper than any human had gone before — or since.”

http://vimeo.com/14500234

German design student Roman Wolter created this animated film using narration from an excellent 2005 interview of the late Piccard himself. It really brings the remarkable 1960 expedition alive.