James Cameron’s Dive to the Deepest Point of the Ocean

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The well known Canadian director James Cameron has done something he promised back in September 2010. He has become the very first man ever to successfully complete a solo-journey to the deepest point in the ocean, the place called Mariana Trench is 11 kilometers deep right in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Cameron’s depth on touching the bottom surface was a staggering 35,756 feet – a figure unattainable anywhere else in the ocean.

The depth of the trench is really hard to even imagine as it’s 120 times deeper than the Grand Canyon and more than 5,280ft deeper than Mount Everest. The 57 years old director has many blockbuster and innovative films to his credit which include “Terminator”, “Terminator 2: The Judgement Day”, ” Titanic” and “Avatar”.

He dived to this depth of the pacific in a specially designed submarine, named as Deep Sea Challenger, which has now become the deepest diving man made machine ever.

James Cameron said on Twitter as soon as he reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench:

“Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you”.  

The director spent more than three hours at the deepest point of ocean and recorded some video material there which would now be edited for a newest National Geographic documentary. Some biologist and geologist have also gathered some samples for their study and they are hopeful their study will revile more information about the formation of the world.

Cameron began the dive on Monday at approximately 5:15 a.m. local time. Cameron and the crew of oceanographers arrived at the Mariana Trench on March 19. The dive was planned to take place several days ago, but was delayed due to bad weather.

Previously back in 1960, two people – Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh – together became the very first divers in history to explore the deepest part of the ocean called “Challenger Deep“. Their dive took nearly five hours to reach the bottom and they stayed there for just 20 minutes. (Remember, Cameron’s dive was a solo dive)