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James Cameron dives to deepest ocean point

Posted on Monday, 26 March, 2012 | Comment icon 51 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

Image credit: US Navy

Cameron plunged almost 11km to the deepest place in the ocean, the Pacific Mariana Trench.

It took the film director two hours to descend to maximum depth where he spent three hours exploring the ocean floor before returning to the surface. Cameron is only the third person to ever travel this far down, the last expedition was in 1960. "I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction at a time when people were living a science fiction reality," he said. "People were going to the Moon, and Cousteau was exploring the ocean. And that's what I grew up with, what I valued from my childhood."

"Cameron spent the last few years working in secret with his team of engineers to design and build the craft, which weighs 11 tonnes and is more than 7m (23ft) long."

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Comment icon #42 Posted by bouncer on 26 March, 2012, 22:28
Ive hated sharks and the deep blue sea ever since I watched JAWS!! have a listen to this then!
Comment icon #43 Posted by spud the mackem on 26 March, 2012, 22:32
haaaa aaaa had a chuckle at your comment,bet its not as scary as going to see the Mackems v The Magpies,now that is a bit knee trembly,especially at home time if we win,at the mags patch...
Comment icon #44 Posted by bouncer on 26 March, 2012, 22:35
we shall see then, But GOOD LUCK!!
Comment icon #45 Posted by spud the mackem on 26 March, 2012, 22:39
Ive hated sharks since a fin appeared between me and the beach at Trinidad,...I was lucky,they caught it later it was a 13 ft Tiger,and it had a car number plate in its stomach ,and half a it wasnt hungry...phew !!!
Comment icon #46 Posted by bouncer on 26 March, 2012, 23:06
Blimey. Id have turned that water to froth swimming back to shore with flippers going like gnats wings I can tell ya!
Comment icon #47 Posted by spud the mackem on 27 March, 2012, 8:33
I still occasionally have bad dreams and wake up in a sweat just before it gets me...I got to the beach and was shaking so badly my mate had to hold the ciggy in my mouth as I couldnt stop my hand shaking.I still wonder how it got the car number plate in its stomach,the locals were after any shark they could catch as one of them had been killed the week before,they had 31 dead sharks further along the beach,terrific smell and millions of huge flies.Even in U.K waters you dont know whats swimming 20 yards from you,I have never been in the sea since.My son caught a 4 ft one last summer off ... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by skookum on 27 March, 2012, 10:02
little taster of some footage
Comment icon #49 Posted by bouncer on 27 March, 2012, 15:26
Great find! Cheers!
Comment icon #50 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 27 March, 2012, 20:59
Hmm, then you'd probably be happy to find out that Lotte Haas is still very much alive. She was recently (in 2012) awarded a Romy, in recognition of her lifetime achievements.
Comment icon #51 Posted by AbsurdistMe on 28 March, 2012, 3:07
This is really exciting. I can't wait to see their finds. This is a true adventure.

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