“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
These artworks inspired by the Challenger Expedition acknowledge and celebrate the courage, determination and achievements of those who explore the unknown to give us a better understanding of our world and ourselves.
HMS Challenger sailed from Portsmouth on 21 December, 1872 and travelled nearly 70,000 nautical miles over four years, a ground-breaking voyage of discovery that laid the foundations of the academic discipline of oceanography. The fifty volume Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of HMS Challenger During the Years 1873-76 took twenty years to complete and catalogued more than four thousand previously unknown species.
Challenger’s legacy persists: the Apollo 17 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.