Not satisfied with his exploration of virtual worlds, Garriott has taken up real-world exploration in recent years. In 1998, he trekked to the South Pole, paid $30 million to become one of the first private citizen astronauts in 2008, and reached the North Pole in 2018. After travelling into the Mariana Trench this week, The Explorers Club named him “the first explorer to have reached both the North and South Poles, orbited the Earth, and reached the deepest point in the oceans.”
In his latest mission, after a four-hour dive down around 7 miles, Garriott collected specimens, planted a geocache, made a sci-fi short, and more. In the Mirror article, Garriott talks about spotting “nice little four or five-inch long translucent black worms,” while at the bottom of the world. He also saw a siphonophore on the way back up, a colonial Hyrdozoan organism, which he said “looked like a large squid.”
The remaining question is: where will he travel next?
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