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James Cameron to visit the real abyss

March 17, 2012 | Comment icon 51 comments



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The movie director will descend seven miles under the ocean in a submarine that he helped design.
Only two people have ever been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific and that was in 1960, now Cameron intends to become the third - and he's going it alone. "It's the last frontier for science and exploration on this planet," he said. "It's to draw public attention to the oceans and continued need for exploration as well as stewardship. It would be a good thing if we understand the oceans before we destroy the life that's in them." Cameron intends to spend six hours at the bottom of the sea in his custom built sub Deepsea Challenger.
Earth's lost frontier is about to be explored firsthand after more than half a century. It's a mission to the deepest part of the ocean, so deep that the pressure is the equivalent of three SUVs sitting on your toe. And it's being launched by the rich and famous.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (51)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #42 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
Hi big "B",yer I used to watch old Jackie Custard,he talked with a funny accent or was it "frog" english,anyway before he got on the scene my favourites were Hans & Lotte Haas,until poor Lotte was killed by a shark,(bit her head off from behind I think).I hated sharks ever since as she was lovely. Ive hated sharks and the deep blue sea ever since I watched JAWS!! :no: have a listen to this then! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQiW62WW0jM Damn, if the thing ruptured at 7mi depth, at least it'd be quick!! Me? I'm staying on the surface!
Comment icon #43 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
It would freak me bud. Just the dark that is!! .... let alone being 7 miles down gotta give him credit for that! Thought I had balls too! But I wouldnt have done it tho! 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 10 years ago
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... we shall see then, But GOOD LUCK!!
Comment icon #45 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
Ive hated sharks and the deep blue sea ever since I watched JAWS!! :no: have a listen to this then! http://www.youtube.c...h?v=PQiW62WW0jM 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 tuna....so it wasnt hungry...phew !!!
Comment icon #46 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
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 tuna....so it wasnt hungry...phew !!! 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 10 years ago
Blimey. Id have turned that water to froth swimming back to shore with flippers going like gnats wings I can tell ya! 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 k... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by skookum 10 years ago
little taster of some footage here
Comment icon #49 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
little taster of some footage here Great find! Cheers!
Comment icon #50 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 10 years ago
Hi big "B",yer I used to watch old Jackie Custard,he talked with a funny accent or was it "frog" english,anyway before he got on the scene my favourites were Hans & Lotte Haas,until poor Lotte was killed by a shark,(bit her head off from behind I think).I hated sharks ever since as she was lovely. 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. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotte_Hass
Comment icon #51 Posted by AbsurdistMe 10 years ago
This is really exciting. I can't wait to see their finds. This is a true adventure.


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