James Cameron to dive at world’s deepest point via Deepsea Challenge, teams with National GeographicBy Angel Cuala on Mar 8, 2012 in Environment, Hollywood, Science •
Updated: March 26, 2012 10:15 a.m.
Filmmaker James Cameron announced on Thursday, March 8, 2012 that he is teaming up with National Geographic and will attempt to reach the world’s deepest point of oceans in the coming weeks, which he recently completed a test.
Deepsea Challenge and James Cameron (inset)
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According to National Geographic that day, James Cameron will dive and try to reach the bottom of Mariana Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean and dubbed as the world’s deepest point at almost 7 miles deep (11.2 km).
As noted in the report, Cameron plans to be the first human to do it after 50 years, when Don Walsh, then a U.S. Navy lieutenant, and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard reached the bottom of Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960.
Cameron, 57, will use his specially designed submersible marks the launch of Deepsea Challenge, a scientific project he teamed up with the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research and exploration.
Meanwhile, National Geographic noted that Cameron successfully completed a test-dive 8km (five miles) down off the coast of Papua New Guinea last Tuesday, and became the first human to dive that deep in a solo mission.
“When you’re on an expedition, nature hasn’t read the script, the ocean hasn’t read the script, and no one knows what’s going to happen next.” Cameron was quoted in the report; known for his huge films such as Avatar, Titanic, Terminator, The Abyss, among others.
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