James Cameron Back From Planet's Deepest Spot

Complete first-ever solo dive 6.7 miles to Mariana Trench
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 5:42 AM CDT
Updated Mar 26, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
James Cameron Back From Planet's Deepest Spot
Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, earlier today.   (AP Photo/Mark Theissen, National Geographic)

(Newser) – James Cameron is back from a solo dive to the deepest place on earth, having spent three hours exploring the scene 35,756 feet below the ocean's surface, reports CNET. (To put things in perspective, Mount Everest is 29,029 feet tall.) To allow him to film and capture samples in the Mariana Trench, Cameron's submersible, "Deepsea Challenger," contained 3-D cameras, an eight-foot lighting tower, a sediment sampler, a robotic claw, and, most delightfully, a "slurp gun," which can suction-up tiny creatures.

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Even with the cutting-edge submersible, it took two hours 36 minutes to descend all the way to the bottom, though his return trip took just 70 minutes. "@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," his dive team tweeted upon his return. (Read more James Cameron stories.)

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