During the course of their exploration of the Challenger Deep last week, former NASA astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan and expedition leader Victor Vescovo linked up with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken far above them on the International Space Station.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 with Hurley and Behnken aboard. It was the first ever private spacecraft to successfully carry astronauts up to the ISS.
Last week Vescovo and his team left the Port of Guam headed for the Marianas Trench aboard the research vessel ‘Pressure Drop.’ They made a record breaking 3 dives to the bottom of the Challenger Deep inside the deep-sea submersible ‘Limiting Factor.’
After their dives the ‘Pressure Drop’ crew managed to arrange a ship to space station link allowing astronauts Hurley and Behnken to speak with Vescovo and Sullivan.
(Video courtesy Caladan Oceanic’s FaceBook page)