- lifelong /LAHYF-lawng/
- shipwreck /SHIP-rek/
- exploration /ek-spluh-REy-shuhn/
- submersible /suhb-MUR-suh-buhl/
- lightweight /LAHYT-weyt/
[adjective] – lasting for the whole of a person’s life
Her lifelong dream was to be a famous writer.
[noun] – an accident in which a ship is destroyed or sunk at sea, especially by hitting rocks, or a ship that has been destroyed or sunk in such an accident
The San Agustin is the oldest known shipwreck on the California coast.
[noun] – the activity of searching and finding out about something
The young scientists encountered many difficulties during their exploration.
[noun] – a type of ship that can travel underwater, especially one that operates without people being in it
It was the first submersible to dive on the Titanic.
[adjective] – weighing only a little or less than average
The equipment is lightweight, portable, and easy to store.
Stockton Rush aspires for OceanGate to advance deep-sea exploration in the same way that entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos are working to advance space exploration. At first glance, Rush’s location in the North Atlantic doesn’t seem noteworthy. The Titanic’s wreck, which sank in April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg on its inaugural voyage, is located 3,800 meters below the surface. This is the location of one of history’s most infamous and tragic incidents. But he needed to develop a new kind of submersible built of lightweight materials that could transport up to five people from the ocean vessel to Titanic’s depth in order to realize his Titanic ambition. Many people believed it was impossible. Rush was there now, however, with a diverse group of people, including the crew of the ship, members of OceanGate, scientists, and a small but significant group of paid adventurers known as “mission specialists,” who each paid up to $250,000 (roughly £225,000) for the opportunity to see Titanic up close. Rush had successfully reached the wreck in the submersible last year.
The trip was immediately rewarding, even if it will take several months to analyze the data they collected (from the video). Rojas wiped away a tear as soon as he returned to the ocean ship after exiting the submersible and explained that he needed to do it in order to feel whole. He feels complete now.
- What do you know about the Titanic? Could you share something about it?
- What other things would you like scientists to explore?
- If you had the money, would you like to join the exploration of the Titanic? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that the exploration of the Titanic is rewarding?
- Do you think it would be easy to travel underwater in the future? Please elaborate on your answer.