National Geographic : 1960 Jan
My second in command, Lt. Gabriel O'Byrne, replies from the Japanese vessel's bridge: "Hello, bathyscaphe. We see you. We are proceeding toward you." Fresh Air Welcome After Dive I open the door of the sphere, climb the ladder from the chamber, open the hatch, and burst forth into the open. It is good to inhale great breaths of fresh air. It is late afternoon. The weather is fine, and the sun sparkles on the calm, blue waters of the Pacific, which, for once, indeed deserves its peaceful name. I scarcely have time to wash before we are interviewed by the press (page 149). Not speaking Japanese, in this case, is an ad vantage: Professor Sasaki does most of the talking. He can now testify, on the evidence of his own eyes, that even at this great depth distinct currents creep across the Pacific floor. This is important news. True, it applies only to a tiny portion of a great ocean. But it touches upon what is today a vital question: the movement of water in the great deeps.