Ever since Jules Verne brought the world his fantastic journeys there’s one particular environment that has mesmerized scientists and laymen together: the underwater world. Over the years, technology allowed us short glimpses of the creatures that hide in the dark waters near what we call the bottom of the world. Film director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron is back from the bottom of the world, where he took shots for his 3D movie.
James Cameron is taking his love for the deep sea world and movie making to a whole new level. His new goal was to travel to the deepest point in the ocean, at Mariana Trench, a nearly 7 mile dive in a one person vertical torpedo. He took the journey and so far he can claim he’s the first to ever successfully see Mariana Trench’s deepest point at “Challenge Deep”. He dived 35,756 feet and filmed his three hour journey while taking samples for scientists to study.
James Cameron has been planning this team for about seven years now. Thanks for the support from the National Geographic team and Rolex, the film maker got to undertake deep-ocean research and exploration in a high tech submersible that allowed him to collect samples that scientists in marine biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology and geophysics are going to work on for several years.
The trip is more than just James Cameron dream coming true. As he explains the journey “is the significance of pushing the boundaries of where humans can go, what they can see and how they can interpret it”.
Expedition physician Joe MacInnis, said that James Cameron was taking the journey “on behalf of everybody else on this planet. There are seven billion people who can’t go, and he can. And he’s aware of that”.
Terry Garcia, executive VP for mission programs with National Geographic, said that the journey marked “the first time that human eyes have had an opportunity to gaze upon what is a very alien landscape”.
Furthermore, James Cameron’s journey is just the beginning. National Geographic will continue research in the unknown places of the world and Terry Garcia states he’s “delighted to say that the golden age of exploration and discovery continues”.