James Cameron, the Hollywood powerhouse and oceanography enthusiast today undertook a dive that took him to the deepest point in the ocean – the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific – in a special submarine vehicle, Deepsea Challenger. It is a stunning achievement, considering that it was the second manned expedition of its kind. In 1960, US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard went to the spot but never really saw anything. However, Cameron’s vehicle had all sorts of cameras. Cannot wait for the photos and videos that emerge from the dive. In a series of tweets, Cameron who made blockbuster The Titanic, added:
Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you. ….Thx for support of science&exploration.When explorers go to hostile realms-space or sea-we live or die by our machines…. I only tweet when I have something worth saying. Today is the culmination of a 7 yr project. It’s finally dive day.
My buddy Brian Lam says that this is like the “lunar landing” for ocean exploration!