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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.
Who funds the program?
How do scientists get selected to sail on a JR expedition?
What are the different types of jobs on the JR?
Can you go swimming in the ocean?
Has anyone ever fallen overboard?
Is the ship stable? Do people get seasick?
Can the JR drill in stormy weather?
Are any animals or marine life injured by the drilling?
Is it dangerous to be out on the ship?
What is a typical day like as a scientist onboard the JR?