James Cameron reaches world’s deepest point via Deepsea Challenger, nearly 11,000 kilometers below ocean

By on Mar 26, 2012 in Environment, Hollywood Comments

Updated: March 27, 2012 3:20 p.m.

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Hollywood film director James Cameron has successfully reached the world’s deepest point via prototype submarine Deepsea Challenger as earlier planned, which is almost 11,000 kilometers below the ocean.

James Cameron, preparing for the Deepsea
Challenger mission, to reach the world’s
deepest point in the ocean, Mariana Trench

Image Credit: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

According to a news post of National Geographic on its official website on Sunday, March 25, 2012, James Cameron has reached the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.

As noted in the report, Cameron reached the floor of Mariana Trench, with a depth of 10,898 meters (35,756 ft), a place notably unattainable in the ocean, at around 5:52 p.m. ET Sunday (7:52 a.m. Monday, local time).

After reaching the bottom, National Geographic noted that Cameron‘s first words up to the surface were: “All systems OK.”, with the ‘Titanic’ director taking about two hours diving to reach the world’s deepest part of the ocean.

As reported earlier, Cameron successfully completed a test-dive 8km (five miles) down off the coast of Papua New Guinea early this month and became the first human to dive that deep in a solo mission, which was only a preparation to his dream to reach the world’s deepest point.

Apparently, James Cameron became the first man to reach the depth of Mariana Trench in 50 years, after Don Walsh, then a U.S. Navy lieutenant, and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard made it on January 23, 1960. Nevertheless, the ‘Avatar’ director is the first man to go in a solo mission.

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