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James Cameron Dive

March 26, 2012 by staff 

James Cameron Dive, Titanic film director James Cameron has completed the world’s first solo dive to the deepest-known point on Earth, reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench southwest of Guam in a specially designed submarine.

The filmmaker arrived at the site known as “Challenger Deep” shortly before 8am local time today (11am NZT), reaching a depth of 10,898 metres, or roughly 11 km beneath the ocean’s surface, said the National Geographic Society, which is overseeing the expedition.

Cameron’s first words to the surface on reaching the bottom following a descent that took two hours and 36 minutes were “All systems OK,” National Geographic said on its website.

“Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you,” the 57-year-old filmmaker said in a separate Twitter message posted just after he touched down.

The low point of the Mariana Trench, a great canyon below the Pacific, has been reached by humans just once before, in 1960 when US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and the late Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard spent 20 minutes there in the submersible craft Trieste.

Cameron, the first person to make a solo dive to the spot, spent about three hours on the bottom collecting research samples for marine biology, geology and geophysics and taking still photographs and video footage of the trench.

After a faster-than-expected 70-minute return ascent, he safely reached the surface at noon local time today (3pm NZT) about 500 km southwest of the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific, National Geographic said in a press statement.

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