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Who goes on the ship for expeditions?
The science party members for each expedition are selected based on their qualifications and the relevance of their research to the major goals of the expedition. Applications for each cruise are accepted from anyone and reviewed by a team of scientists who understand the science of that cruise.
How long has the JR been operating?
What is the deepest hole the ship has drilled?
About 1.3 miles into the earth, or 6,924 feet (2110 meters).
Is The JR the only scientific ocean drilling ship in the world?
No. The Japanese run a ship called the Chikyu and there are other ships that do some scientific drilling or can be outfitted to do it for a particular mission. But The JR is the only American ship dedicated completely for this purpose.