Monday, September 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Richard Branson prepares for deep sea dive

Posted on Sunday, 1 April, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 3.0 Gina Hughes

 
Richard Branson is preparing for a mission to visit the depths of the Atlantic Puerto Rico Trench.

Hot on the heels of Titanic director James Cameron who recently visited the Marianas Trench, Branson insists that his journey will prove even more thrilling than Cameron's. "The Puerto Rico Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall, and it is completely unexplored," he said. "There are numerous Spanish and British galleons which have gone down there, so we would hope to be able to explore those. There are lots of different big creatures too."

Branson intends to launch his mission in about four months and says that he isn't jealous of the fact that Cameron beat him to it. "It was obviously a very historic day and actually an important day, a fantastic example of human endeavour and determination," he said.

"Mr Cameron this week made the first solo dive to the depths of the Marianas Trench, seven miles under the surface of the earth, trumping Sir Richard who has been developing his own deep sea craft for a number of years."

  View: Full article

 Source: Telegraph


  Discuss: View comments (8)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 31 March, 2012, 13:45
Wow, good luck Richard. Sounds like(from reading the article) that you may indeed find more interesting things in the Puerto Rico trench than the Mariana. Like Spanish galleons and much sea life.
Comment icon #2 Posted by missymoo999 on 1 April, 2012, 8:21
I was reading some article about how submarines are now the toy of choice for people with a lot of disposable cash.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Zaphod222 on 1 April, 2012, 11:54
Gives a new meaning to "race to the bottom"
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Fluffs on 1 April, 2012, 15:00
I hope he gets eaten by a large shark, or octopus. I also hope that he leaves me lots of money in his will. We can all have our fantasy's can't we?
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker on 1 April, 2012, 19:21
Is this an April Fools joke?
Comment icon #6 Posted by spud the mackem on 2 April, 2012, 7:16
I hope he survives,but he does look a bit like "the old man of the sea" no offence Sir R.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AbsurdistMe on 2 April, 2012, 17:54
My usual reaction would be to scoff at this, but, this is great news. The more attention the Deep Sea Race draws the better and the more competition the better really. I find this all very thrilling! It brings out the child in me.
Comment icon #8 Posted by skookum on 6 August, 2013, 12:06
I have re-incarnated this thread to see if there has been any further developments. Since James Cameroon did his semi-successful dive, everything seems to have stopped. Have the others given up now?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
'Doomsday' has been postponed until October
9-25-2017
The man behind this month's doomsday prophecy has pushed the apocalypse back another few weeks.
Spielberg once contributed to UN UFO debate
9-25-2017
The legendary film director has made several movies exploring the themes of UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Neanderthal brains developed slower than ours
9-24-2017
The skeleton of a young Neanderthal has revealed that our brains did not develop at the same rate.
Plant-eating dinosaurs sometimes ate crabs
9-24-2017
Fossilized droppings have revealed that some herbivorous dinosaurs occasionally snacked on seafood.
Other news in this category
Plants may need to sleep, just like we do
Posted 9-21-2017 | 6 comments
A new study has suggested that sleep may actually be fundamental to all life, not just to animals....
 
'Octopus city' found off coast of Australia
Posted 9-19-2017 | 16 comments
Members of the gloomy octopus species have created their own underwater settlement dubbed 'Octlantis'....
 
The snow leopard is no longer 'endangered'
Posted 9-15-2017 | 7 comments
The species, which has long teetered on the edge of extinction, is finally starting to make a comeback....
 
Extinct giant tortoise could make a comeback
Posted 9-14-2017 | 4 comments
A new breeding program is aiming to bring back a species of giant tortoise that died out 150 years ago....
 
'Eat more kangaroo meat', say ecologists
Posted 9-12-2017 | 60 comments
An overabundance of the iconic marsupial has led wildlife experts to recommend a change in diet....
 
Life may thrive down in icy Antarctic caves
Posted 9-11-2017 | 19 comments
Scientists have found evidence of life in a cave system hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice....
 
New Amazon species is found every two days
Posted 9-2-2017 | 8 comments
Researchers have discovered hundreds of new plant and animal species in the Amazon over the last few years....
 
Brain-like blob found in a Vancouver lagoon
Posted 9-1-2017 | 8 comments
Known as a bryozoan, the alien-like creature has previously only been found east of the Mississippi River....
 
Scientists reveal lost secrets of the dodo
Posted 8-26-2017 | 5 comments
Relatively little is known about the iconic species which was wiped out by humans over 350 years ago....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ