James Cameron plunges solo to deepest spot in world's oceans
Filmmaker James Cameron inside his single-pilot submersible, the Deepsea Challenger.
March 26th, 2012
02:02 AM ET

James Cameron plunges solo to deepest spot in world's oceans

Oscar-winning director James Cameron resurfaced Monday after plunging to the deepest known point in the world's oceans in his one-man submersible.

"@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his DeepSea Challenge team.

The filmmaker reached Challenger Deep, which is part of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Guam, at 7:52 a.m. Monday (5:52 p.m. ET Sunday), said Ellen Stanley, a spokeswoman for the National Geographic Society that is working with Cameron on the project.

At more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet), the Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall. And it has had only two previous human visitors: U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and late Swiss explorer Jacques Piccard who descended to that spot in 1960.

The man behind the blockbuster hits "Titanic" and "Avatar" went down in a high-tech vessel, the Deepsea Challenger, which he and a group of scientists and engineers constructed in Australia over the past eight years.

Outfitted with special cameras and robotic arms, Deepsea Challenger is able to dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute and can withstand immense pressure - up to 16,000 pounds per square inch.

The descent took two hours and 36 minutes.

"Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," he tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."

Cameron then spent hours at the bottom of the trench collecting samples for research that will allow scientists around the world to learn about the habitat and life forms at that depth.

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  1. Justin Bieber Izgay

    Hopefully the intense pressure at that depth crushed his enormous ego.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • justathought

      what will it take to crush your ego?

      March 26, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Linda Hamilton

    Well, that's not the only thing he has plunged deeply into.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete

    We've been in space,but have explored only a small part of the great oceans of our planet.Nice to see someone being original,everyone else wants to start a war.Maybe someday with Camerons help,we can find alterative ways of farming ,power sources,places friendly to live.A nice concept for once,no bickering,everyone working for a commmon goal,survival on a overpopulated planet ,nice job Mr.Cameron.Keep up the great work....

    March 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    @@@pete its great to see some one defend the adventurist. Most people are to narrow minded to see the benefits of such a sacrifice that others make ,and your right a lot can come out of such things

    March 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |