Deep Sea Tourism Could Become a Thing Soon

Deep Sea Tourism Could Become a Thing Soon
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Stockton Rush wants to take explorers into the deep sea. Not just scientific researchers or military personnel, but regular (well, wealthy) travelers on a quest of discovery. But don't call them tourists.

"We call them mission specialists," says Rush. Whereas “most people envision tourists as someone who just shows up,­ does something, and then heads home with a bunch of pictures,” Rush's customers will engage in ocean exploration first-hand—a point that went over well at the Explorers Club in New York City, where Rush was giving a talk.

His company, OceanGate, Inc., has been carrying "mission specialists" and other paying clients to sunken ships and underwater oases since 2009.

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