Director James Cameron has reached the Earth’s deepest point, in a solo journey to explore a place only two men have gone before.
“Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you,” tweeted the director of “Titanic” and “Avatar,” from his state-of-the-art diving vessel Deepsea Challenger.
Cameron is using a specially designed submarine to descend nearly seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, an area 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.
He began the dive Monday at approximately 5:15 a.m. local time (early Sunday afternoon on the U.S. East Coast), according Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society, where Cameron is an explorer-in-residence. National Geographic has set up a website documenting the dive challenge.
“RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE!” were the last words Cameron uttered before beginning the dive, according to a Twitter post from the expedition.
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