Victor Vescovo has become the first person to dive to the deepest point of the Arctic Ocean — and Discovery has it all on camera.
As part of Discovery’s upcoming documentary series “Deep Planet,” Atlantic Productions filmed the explorer’s Aug. 24 5,550-meter deep-dive, marking the fifth and final stage of The Five Deeps Expedition, which sought to put a diver at the deepest point of each of the world’s five oceans.
“If you put your mind to it and you get the right people working with you, almost anything is possible,” Vescovo says in a clip featuring footage from the dive, which you can watch above.
A premiere date for “Deep Planet” has not yet been set.
To do the dive, Vescovo had to take a plunge inside the world’s deepest-diving submersible, the DSV Limiting Factor. During a three-day outing aboard the support ship DSSV Pressure Drop, Vescovo made three dives into the Molloy Deep, a region that was formed by gas explosion craters, where the deepest point of the Arctic Ocean lies. Located 170 miles west of Svalbard, Norway, the dive took Vescovo dangerously close to the edge of a drifting pack of ice.
“I am so proud of our entire, extraordinary team that made the Five Deeps Expedition possible. It took us over four years to go from embracing the general mission to dive to the bottom of all the world’s oceans – something no government or organization has ever attempted – to building this amazing diving system and then actually doing it,” Vescovo said in a statement.
“I still can’t quite believe I had the great privilege of getting to pilot the sub down to all these places where no one has gone before,” he added. “Who says there is nothing left to explore on this planet? There is plenty to explore, and learn, in the oceans.”
Vescovo also completed four other deep-dives as part of the Five Deeps Expedition, including the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean, where he reached a depth of 8,376 meters; the South Sandwich Trench in the South Atlantic Ocean, reaching a depth of 7,434 meters; the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, reaching a depth of 7,192 meters; and the Mariana Trench, where he completed the deepest dive in history to the bottom of Challenger Deep, reaching a record-breaking depth of 10,924 meters.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...