James Cameron back on surface after deepest ocean dive

James Cameron back on surface after deepest ocean dive

Cebu : Philippines | Mar 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 03/26/12

After sinking almost 11 km or seven miles down to the deepest place in the ocean which is the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, Hollywood director James Cameron emerged back to the brightest surface on Earth.

Cameron was on board alone in a submarine called “Deepsea Challenger,” that was designed special for him and made in Australia, took him 70 minutes to reach the ocean floor. The daring Hollywood director spent more than three hours roaming and exploring the ocean floor before ascending quick back to the surface. In order for him to film the deep, the underwater craft was fitted with cameras and lights.

For your information if you didn’t know yet, the first expedition to the ocean’s deepest depths took place in 1960 and it was made by US Navy Lt. Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard. Cameron’s solo expedition is the second one.

The first expedition lasted only for about 20 minutes on the ocean floor in contrast to Cameron’s three hours. It was brief because when they landed on the bottom they kicked up silt, meaning their view was obscured.

The Titanic director before the dive, he told the BBC, that making the descent was "the fulfillment of a dream". He grew up on a steady diet of science fiction at a time when people were living a science fiction reality, he said. That people were going to the moon and Cousteau (referring to the famous marine explorer who co-developed the aqua-lung) was exploring the ocean. And that’s what he grew up with and valued from his childhood, he added.

Cameron’s last words before he plunged were – “Release, release, release.”

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Source: BBC News

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