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Sunday, March 25, 2012

James Cameron: Under the sea 

To boldly go where no man has gone before; two of the important people in the life of our editor-in-chief are watching far too much Star Trek. We can't get with it, but nor can we completely tune it out. So those words have been echoing around the empty cavern between the ears for days on end, only to resonate last night with an actual, this worldly mission.

Director James Cameron was boldly attempting to go where no man has gone before, at least for the last fifty years, the deepest bottom of the ocean floor. Cameron, uber-rich, financed an exhibition and the building of complete new deep sea submersible with Rolex and National Geographic as sponsors.

He then dove solo to 35,756 feet (10,898 meters). No one has been that deep in the ocean since US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard in 1960 aboard the Trieste.

This was the last manned craft to descend to more than 6.5 miles to the deepest ocean floor.

Cameron, descending in what he describes as a torpedo-like vehicle, is filming a documentary about his journey. The BBC reports the craft weighs 11 tons and is more than 23 feet long. It is equipped with so many lights and cameras that it is like an underwater television studio.

Read more and see some fascinating video here from the BBC.

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