Not only did James Cameron break records by going to the deepest part of the earth this weekend, but he also did it solo. The Oscar winner returned Sunday evening from a trek that took him 11 kilometres below the Pacific Ocean's surface in a specialized submarine known as Deepsea Challenger.
"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," read a message posted on Cameron's Twitter account just before 6pm EST on Sunday (as reported by CTV News). In an earlier tweet, Cameron said his deep-sea voyage was the culmination of seven years of work and preparation.
Cameron traveled to a seven-mile deep canyon known as the Mariana Trench that is located below the ocean's surface around 320 kilometres southwest of Guam. As CNN pointed out, at more than 10,900 metres (about 35,800 feet), the Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall. It's also 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon. It's an extremely dangerous and treacherous area, and Jacques Piccard, an engineer from Switzerland, and Don Walsh, a U.S. Navy captain, were the only two other humans who have made it to the floor of the Trench.
However, Cameron is the first to do it solo.
Cameron has been deep-sea diving for many years, and it all started in the late 1990s when he was researching for his movie "Titanic," exploring the wreckage of the original ship.
"You know, there's so much we don't know… I'm hopeful that we'll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it," he recently told CNN.
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