Inventor Graham Hawkes creates winged submersibles capable of traveling 3000 feet underwater and says blowing $100 million on a space flight is ridiculous when he can build a vehicle that can go to the deepest spot of the planet about seven miles below the surface for a mere $20 million.
He figures the ocean bottom is livelier than the moon because 94 percent of the worlds life is in the ocean and ...once you get 1000 [feet] below sea level, about 50 percent of the eyeballs belong to unknown species.
Hawkes says the average person can learn how to pilot one of his vehicles in three days much less time than astronaut training.
Hawkes admits its an uphill battle convincing people to look at the ocean instead of the stars.
In his words, There are more astrobiologists than marine biologists, but those people are looking for something that probably doesnt exist.
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