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Postby greeney2 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:19 pm

This is a remarkable feat, even if it was not the first, only 2 others have done this. When you think about it, walking on the Moon and this are technically the most extreme places Man has gone. His films are epics, but this achievment to me, is equal to the names of those who were among the firsts in exploration of air, land, sea, and space.

James Cameron reaches deepest spot on Earth
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HONOLULU (AP) — Hollywood icon James Cameron has made it to Earth's deepest point.

The director of "Titanic," ''Avatar" and other films used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles, completing his journey a little before 8 a.m. Monday local time, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society.

He plans to spend about six hours exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.

"All systems OK," were Cameron's first words upon reaching the bottom, according to a statement. His arrival at a depth of 35,756 feet came early Sunday evening on the U.S. East Coast, after a descent that took more than two hours.

The scale of the trench is hard to grasp — it's 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

Cameron made the dive aboard his 12-ton, lime-green sub called "Deepsea Challenger." He planned to collect samples for biologists and geologists to study.

"It's really the first time that human eyes have had an opportunity to gaze upon what is a very alien landscape," said Terry Garcia, the National Geographic Society's executive VP for mission programs, via phone from Pitlochry, Scotland.

The first and only time anyone dove to these depths was in 1960. Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh took nearly five hours to reach the bottom and stayed just 20 minutes. They had little to report on what they saw, however, because their submarine kicked up so much sand from the ocean floor.

"He is going to be seeing something that none of us have ever seen before. He is going to be opening new worlds to scientists," Garcia said.

One of the risks of a dive so deep is extreme water pressure. At 6.8 miles below the surface, the pressure is the equivalent of three SUVs sitting on your toe.

Cameron told The Associated Press in an interview after a 5.1 mile-deep practice run near Papua New Guinea earlier this month that the pressure "is in the back of your mind." The submarine would implode in an instant if it leaked, he said.

But while he was a little apprehensive beforehand, he wasn't scared or nervous while underwater.

"When you are actually on the dive you have to trust the engineering was done right," he said.

The film director has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. Thirty-three of those dives have been to the wreckage of the Titanic, the subject of his 1997 hit film.
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Postby almostalien » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:38 am

It always blew my mind that nobody ever felt the desire to return to the Mariana Trench (at least not passionately enough to make it a reality). While I personally think the Avatar series is one of his least engaging projects, the zeal he's brought to it has been wonderful in advancing various fields. And the fact that he's not interested in using the footage merely for spectacle in the next film but for scientific inquiry as well earns him plenty of points in my book.
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Postby Wing-Zero » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:49 am

Money makes the world go 'round.

Still, glad that someone with right set of skills and passions chooses to cruise towards a destination that gives us commoners a result.
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Postby greeney2 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:36 am

Watched a 2 hour special with Camaron on the anniversry of the Titanic sinking on Cable TV. He showed all their research on updated the animated video of the Titanic breaking up. Reminds me of all the failure anaysis things we did at work, how they mapped out off the debris field and anamated it backwards, to study how the remains could have ended up as they did. He told how new information made parts of the film technically wrong. The angle of list, of tilt were updated and from the locations of the debris, surmised how the ship sank, broke apart, and landed as it did on the bottom. It was all very interesting and very complete. Also interresting was that suvivors tried to tell that the ship broke in two, and they were shut up, back in the day. Interviewed as adults still insisted it broke in half, and from what we know now, that is exactly what happened. A bit like shutting up UFO sightings, someone does not want the truth known. Obviously, many people did not want the idea the unsinkable ship could have possibly broke into 2 pieces within 2 hours, and killed 1500 people. That the arrogance of having only 1/3 of the boats needed to save everyone, was an embarrasment to the companies, and the country the ship came from.

I gained a whole new respect for him when we went to the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean, and along with this, all his deep submercible dive missions. He really is a very smart guy, and not just a Hollywood movie maker. He was a little spotlighted but still he goes down into those depths, everymuch as risky and dangerous as manned space flight. One crack, and you can implode instantly.
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