James Cameron Completes Solo Dive to the Deepest Part of the Ocean
March 26, 2012 10:51 AM
Cameron and the Deepsea Challenger
(Source: National Geographic)
Cameron dove nearly 7 miles under the surface of the ocean
Director James Cameron has made some interesting movies during his career such as the original Terminator, The Abyss, Titanic, and the massive blockbuster Avatar. Cameron also happens to be a bit of an adventure freak and has made a historic deep sea dive and lived to tell about it. Cameron has been preparing for solo dive in a custom-built submarine into the deepest part of the Earth's ocean.
Cameron and his odd vertical submarine, called the Deepsea Challenger, descended 6.8 miles below the surface of the ocean of what may be the most inhospitable realm on the planet. It took Cameron two hours and 36 minutes to descend to the bottom of Challenger Deep -- resurfacing took about 70 minutes.
"Jim came up in what must have been the best weather conditions we've seen, and it looks like there’s a squall on the horizon," said Hand, a NASA astrobiologist and National Geographic emerging explorer.
The launch took place about 200 miles southwest of Guam on Monday, March 26 at 5:15 AM local long time. Cameron came back to the surface at 12 noon local time staying on the bottom of Challenger Deep for about three hours. Cameron wasn't resting while at the bottom of the ocean either, he collected samples using various instruments and implements attached to the sub.
"This journey is the culmination of more than seven years of planning for me and the amazing DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition team," said Cameron. "Most importantly, though, is the significance of pushing the boundaries of where humans can go, what they can see and how they can interpret it. Without the support of National Geographic and Rolex, and their unwavering belief that we could successfully make it to the deepest point in the ocean -- and back -- this would not have happened."
The Challenger Deep has only been reached by humans once before and that was in 1960. Two men were aboard a bathyscaphe called Trieste including Navy Lieut. Don Walsh and an oceanographer named Jacques Piccard. The duo was only able to spend 20 minutes on the ocean floor. Interestingly, Walsh was a consultant on Cameron's adventure. One interesting tidbit about that 1960 mission is that famous watchmaker Rolex strapped a Deep Sea Special watch to the hull of the bathyscaphe as it descended almost 7 miles below the surface of the ocean and the watch came back to the surface in perfect working order.
Cameron's sub was equipped with cameras to record what he saw on the bottom of the ocean. Cameron in the past help NASA design a
for space missions.
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