Ex-US navy commander Victor Vescovo reaches bottom of ocean trenches to set exploration record

An American submariner has become the first person to reach the bottom of the earth’s deepest ocean trenches, setting a record in underwater exploration.

Victor Vescovo, 55, piloted the submersible Limiting Factor to the floor of the Kermadec Trench in the South Pacific Ocean last weekend, completing a goal of diving all four of the world’s 10,000-metre abysses – hostile realms of crushing water pressure, freezing temperatures and perpetual darkness.

“Exploration is such an extraordinary privilege … I feel like I’m in a spaceship, going into an alien world and getting to see things no one has ever seen before,”…

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