Deep sea explorer Victor Vescovo, a 53-year-old financier and former Navy Reserve commander, traveled almost seven miles to the floor of the Challenger Deep, a relatively uncharted area at the southern tip of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific.
He is attempting to become the first person to travel to the deepest part of the Earth's five oceans and needs only one more dive to complete the Five Deeps: the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean at 18,599 feet.
Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer and an investor in Texas was inside the submarine, he said that they saw an angular piece of metal and a plastic object that had some writings on it. Their odyssey on the submersible vessel The Limiting Factor are being filmed for the upcoming Discovery Channel series "Five Deeps Expedition". On May 3, the Limiting Factor submersible freed and recovered a Five Deeps Expedition scientific lander that had got stuck at the bottom of Challenger Deep in a previous dive.
Until now, only two people have successfully made it to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the planet's deepest point at the southern end of the Mariana Trench.
"We feel like we have just created, validated and opened a powerful door to discover and visit any place, any time, in the ocean - which is 90 percent unexplored", said Vescovo. "I did not see a plastic grocery bag or candies wrappers".
Vescovo's dive was the first out of four dives carried out in the deep-sea pocket, known as Challenger Deep, over three weeks, starting in late April.
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Vescovo has spent years diving to the deepest points in each of Earth's five oceans.
Movie director James Cameron then made a solo plunge half a century later in 2012 in his bright green sub.
Former US Navy submariner and explorer Don Walsh and Swiss Engineer Jacques Piccard were the first to reach the Mariana Trench in 1960 in their submersible, the bathyscaphe Trieste.
In the next step, the team said its scientists were going to perform tests on the creatures found to in order to have a clear picture about the percentage of plastics found in them.
At the very bottom, he found colorful rocky structures, weird critters and the ever-pervasive mark of humankind - plastic. The Mariana Trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean and is the deepest natural trench in the world.
The American businessman descended 35,853 feet (10,928 meters) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the world's oceans.