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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 3-D camera for space missions.

Sources: ScienceDaily, National Geographic

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Why'd it have to be Cameron!
By maven81 on 3/26/2012 2:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
It makes me super happy that humans are finally back at challenger deep. It's always been strange that we've managed to explore space more extensively then the bottom of the ocean. But why did it have to be this egomaniac! I just can't respect him ever since his "I'm king of the world" speech.

RE: Why'd it have to be Cameron!
By TSS on 3/26/2012 2:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
Then it doesn't really make you happy now does it?

Give the guy a break. I don't care what you use to justify diving 7 miles deep into the ocean, that takes balls. While i'd have no qualms bragging about big balls, this guy clearly has bigger balls then me, or anybody on this forum for that matter.

Even if it was hitler, i would've been glad for him that he made it and for humanity in general, since it's quite an achievement and i can't wait for the footage from the deep. Of course in his case, i would've been sad he made it back up again, but ohwell, can't have everything.

And hey, who knows. Maybe he found some inspiration down there for an avatar like movie underwater. Would love to see those visuals applied to an good, non rehashed story.

By GulWestfale on 3/26/2012 5:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
did he finally find a good movie script down there?

RE: Why'd it have to be Cameron!
By kattanna on 3/26/2012 3:34:43 PM , Rating: 2
oh.. come now and admit it.. you will be first in line to see titanic in 3D


By delphinus100 on 3/26/2012 8:39:47 PM , Rating: 2
Not a lot of other people with sufficient interest and sufficiently deep pockets.

Indeed, he might also become (one of) the next humans to circle the Moon...

He belongs at the bottom of the sea...
By The Raven on 3/26/2012 4:12:05 PM , Rating: 1
...for Avatar.

I kid...
...but only because of Aliens.

By FastEddieLB on 3/27/2012 7:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
You say that as though Terminator and Terminator 2 are not great movies...

Typo ?
By Gondor on 3/26/2012 3:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
... famous watchmaker Rolex strapped a Deep Sea Special watch the hull of the bathyscaphe ...

Could it be that they strapped that watch to the hull of that submarine ?

"massive blockbuster"?
By Argon18 on 3/26/12, Rating: -1
RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Brandon Hill on 3/26/2012 11:21:50 AM , Rating: 5
So what do you call nearly $3 billion USD in box office receipts? A flop?

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Solandri on 3/26/2012 12:19:19 PM , Rating: 5
Oh, I'm sure Hollywood can "prove" that the film lost money.

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By mead drinker on 3/26/2012 11:23:17 AM , Rating: 5
...based on the definition of a blockbuster, it was one, and quite successful at that. I am not saying it lacked in its many shortcomings but the average moviegoer is not an astute student of cinema, nor cares to be. If they were, Michael Bay would be a poor and struggling key grip.

...and who let you out of bikeforums or weightweenies? :P

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By nafhan on 3/26/2012 11:28:46 AM , Rating: 2
Blockbuster has to do with how much money it makes... you can't argue the numbers. I otherwise agree with your assessment of the movie, though. It's the type of movie that makes a sci-fi fan (me) generally hate sci-fi movies.

Anyway, if he continues to take money from things like that and put it into interesting scientific endeavors... he'll be my favorite person in Hollywood regardless of how much I hate his movies.

Also, I really look forward to watching the documentary based on the footage from this dive.

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By retrospooty on 3/26/12, Rating: -1
RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Malikhan on 3/26/2012 1:25:28 PM , Rating: 3
Your hatred of a thing, doesn't make that thing a failure.
Even if the movie was a "massive turd" as you assert it earned more money than most of us will make in a lifetime and people flocked to see it. It was by any definition NOT a flop.
I hate Twilight, I hate the movies, the books, and anything about it. It's not a flop even though it would fill me with large amounts of joy if it was.
Sadly, saying it on the internet doesn't make it so.

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Spuke on 3/26/2012 3:04:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'd gladly take my 12 bucks and 3 hours of my life back, in exchange for never having seen that cheesy and predictable plot, zero character development, no substance whatsoever aside from CGI excuse for a film.
I think it's hilarious that it took you that long to figure that out. It was readily apparent from the trailers.

RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Gurthang on 3/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Paj on 3/27/12, Rating: 0
RE: "massive blockbuster"?
By Aries1470 on 4/24/2012 8:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
I must agree with your statements. After Avatar, nearly all movies have come out in the new 3D format, not that old style blue/red plastic glasses. Better quality in making the movies, but that does not mean substance... or storyline etc, just that they look better.

I also agree that the story has been told and done a thousand times before, but this time it blended that good vs evil, and the good coming from the evil side, with the perspective of maintaining the balance of nature. Caring for our world does not mean we have to go without our 'luxuries' per se. ;-) But it will help us live a better quality of life and hopefully a longer one too. I do not want to live on a 'city planet' like Curasant... I want my large cities, but not live in them.. just in the outskirts.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings.

I just hope we get to see all the footage, not just edited portions... who knows what they were searching for down there! let the conspiracy theories begin! :-P
He was there, to make contact with the advanced underwater civilization that is located there, and to be as far away as possible from prying eyes aka satellites, that are not able to penetrate to that depth. There was some type of negotiations going on there, and I for one want to know what "truly" happened down there!

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