James Cameron went on the deepest solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The mission was the result of over seven years of planning, designing, and practice. Cameron spent three hours in the isolation of the alien world shooting film, collecting samples, and dreaming up his next billion dollar 3D extravaganza.
The point of the Mariana Trench, Challenger Deep, where Cameron visited is 35,756 feet below the ocean’s surface (that’s about 6.7 miles). For further comparison, Cameron descended further than Mt. Everest is tall. Only two other humans have reached such a depth, and they did so 52 years ago. The craft used, Deepsea Challenger undergoes compression of around three inches due to the incredible pressure of the ocean. Pressure so intense (around 110 MPa) that one breech in the hull would have caused the Titanic director to implode.
Cameron described the ocean floor as a lunar, alien world where he felt completely isolated. Amazingly, more people have been to the moon than the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
The submersible underwent some technical failures so Cameron had to return empty-handed. But worry not, he’s going back. If there is any one thing I know about James Cameron, it’s that he never returns empty handed.
For now, he has some video to show.