Maritime expeditions in the Age of Enlightenment were motivated mainly by scientific curiosity. HMS Challenger set sail from Portsmouth in 1872 to investigate the natural history and geology of the ocean floor.
Challenger circumnavigated the globe for three and half years, covering almost 70,000 nautical miles. The crew dredged up thousands of samples and mapped enormous areas of undersea terrain. It took scientists almost 20 years to examine and report on the data collected. The final report was published in 50 volumes in 1895.
The Challenger Expedition marked the birth of the science of oceanography. Challenger’s legacy persists: an Apollo lunar landing module, a space shuttle and the marine geological survey ship Glomar Challenger were named after the ship. And motivated by the same scientific curiosity, Voyager is currently travelling into interstellar space.
Varied edition: 10 prints