James Cameron back on surface after deepest ocean dive
Hollywood director James Cameron has returned to the surface after plunging nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.
He made the solo descent in a submarine called Deepsea Challenger, taking over two hours to reach the bottom. He spent more than four hours exploring the ocean floor, before a speedy ascent back to the surface. His craft was kitted out with cameras so he could film the deep in 3D.
“It was absolutely the most remote, isolated place on the planet,” Mr Cameron told BBC News.
“I really feel like in one day I’ve been to another planet and come back.”
This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean’s deepest depths – the first took place in 1960 when US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard spent about 20 minutes on the ocean floor in a bathyscaphe called the Trieste.
Lt Walsh, who is now in his 80s, joined Mr Cameron and his team of engineers out at sea for the dive.
“It did bring back a lot of memories, just being out there and remembering what we did there,” he told BBC News. “It was really grand.”
Mr Cameron has spent the past 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.
The extraordinary attention to detail prevented him from suffering from too much nervousness.
“I can’t say that I wasn’t apprehensive in the last few days and even the weeks leading up to this, but there’s another part of my mind that really understands the engineering and knows why we did everything the way we did,” he said.
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