Your World This Week, May 8 – 14

This week in exploration:Take a journey (almost) to the center of the Earth, Pluto’s planethood might be returning, Antarctic dig reveals 71 million-year-old fossils, and researchers attempt to examine why you hate the word “moist” so much.

Live Stream The Mission To The Most Mysterious Place On Earth

Stalked Crinoid

A stalked crinoid, likely Proisocrinus ruberrimus, found by the Okeanos Exporer during its mission in the Marianas Trench. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

For the last two weeks, and for two months more, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been exploring perhaps the most uncharted, most mysterious, and most alien place on planet Earth: the Marianas Trench. And they’re giving all of us front-row access.

As the NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer surveys this unique ocean trench — the deepest point on Earth, located in the Pacific not too far from China’s coast — you’ll be able to both follow its mission and see the latest photos, maps, and live streaming videos.

At this one-of-a-kind site — nearly seven miles below sea level at some points, with pressure over 1,000 times greater than sea level — even the most experienced researchers don’t quite know what they’ll find. They’ve already found one very weird, glowing jellyfish, and that was just four days into the mission.

Visit the NOAA and feel the thrill of exploring some of Earth’s last truly uncharted territory.

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