James 3D Cameron Ready to Dive
James Cameron has just completed an 8km dive off the coast of Papua New Guinea in preparation for his plunge to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth (11km - seven miles).
Only two people have been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, back in 1960. James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge monoplace sub visible here under is fitted with -guess what?- a lot of 3D cameras.
The director has long been passionate about the oceans, and used submersibles while working on Titanic to film the wreck of the doomed liner deep underwater.
His project could have face setbacks after film-makers Mike deGruy and Andrew Wight were killed in a helicopter crash in Australia earlier this month; the two men were friends and colleagues of Cameron, and had been working with him on this deep-diving project; nevertheless, it seems that the project is going on on full speed...
The sub is designed for one person and is fitted with 3D cameras.
Mr Cameron's sub is called the Deepsea Challenge, and was built on demand by an Australian team of engineers. It fits just one person, which will be J. C. himself of course. The sub is kitted out with cameras, including a small stereoscopic camera that can withstand the 1,000 atmospheres of pressure that are found 11km beneath the waves.
Mr Cameron said that he plans to spend six hours exploring the bottom of the Mariana trench, and would be gathering footage for a 3D documentary based on the dive. He will also be collecting samples for the scientific community.
A first training dive took place close to Guam. James Cameron dived down to 8.000 meters and collected some samples and some 3D images. Read his own minute-by-minute report here in National Geographic Magazine.
It is a race, too...
If his dive is successful, Mr Cameron will be the first of four high-profile contenders who are attempting to reach the deepest place in the ocean. among the others are Richard Branson from Virgin and Eric Schmidt from Google. You will find more info on this race to the bottom on BBC.
Don Walsh and the late Jacques Piccard are the only two people to have ever been to the bottom floor on all oceans.
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Source: BBC News.