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James Cameron dives to deepest ocean point

By T.K. Randall
March 26, 2012 · Comment icon 51 comments

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. He describes it as a "vertical torpedo" that slices through the water allowing him a speedy descent.


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Comment icon #42 Posted by bouncer 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
little taster of some footage here
Comment icon #49 Posted by bouncer 12 years ago
little taster of some footage here Great find! Cheers!
Comment icon #50 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 12 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 12 years ago
This is really exciting. I can't wait to see their finds. This is a true adventure.


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