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What person had gone the deepest in an ocean?


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On January 23, 1960, U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard took the bathyscaphe Trieste to the bottom of the Challenger Deep of the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot on Earth. They achieved the record depth of 35,800 feet. In reaching this place, they did more than demonstrate effective engineering or man's ability to conquer millions of pounds of pressure. They scaled one of the epic myths of mankind, the very place Dante, Shakespeare, and Byron used as a frame of reference for the ultimate extreme of mystery, vastness, and wonder in the human soul.