The Marianas Trench off the coast of Guam is the deepest point on earth, seven miles under the surface of the ocean, and on Sunday movie director James Cameron set a new dive record by becoming the first man to do a solo dive in a special submarine to the bottom of the trench.
At the same depth that an airliner’s altitude would be when flying above the earth, Cameron patrolled around the trench bottom for 3 and half hours alone at 35,756 feet under the waves. His trip was shorter then the 6 hours that he planned on staying down but it was a successful dive.
“Cameron collected samples for research in marine biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology and geophysics,” the National Geographic Society said.
Cameron who has been a oceanography enthusiast since childhood has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. He had a trial run in the Deepsea Challenger submersible back on March 7th when he made a solo dive to the bottom 5 mile deep New Britain Trench
During his Marianas Trench he was also able to catch about 2 and a half hours of footage and stills and found time to post a message on his Twitter account.
“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 @DeepChallenge,” Cameron Tweeted.
After his faster then excepted surfacing which took 70 minutes it was not determined was physical toll the dive took on the 57-year-old’s body after being under such pressure at that depth, but a medical team was present when he and the submersible where pulled aboard a surface vessel with a crane.
“Jim is going to be a little bit stiff and sore from the cramped position, but he’s in really good shape for his age, so I don’t expect any problems at all,” said MacInnis, a long-time Cameron friend, according to National Geographic.
A video conference with Cameron was planned for later in the day on Monday.