Chasing world records with PLEXIGLAS®
The first submersible with two small portholes made from PLEXIGLAS®, the brand acrylic glass from Röhm (at the time still Röhm & Haas), was designed in a similar manner. The “Trieste” was launched in 1960 with the ambitious target of exploring the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans.
Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard designed and built the unique submersible with which he and American Marine officer, Don Walsh, descended almost 11,000 meters. Since then, this pioneering achievement has only been repeated by a single human, film director James Cameron, who descended to the deepest part of the world’s oceans in a far more modern submersible in 2012.