BREAKING: James Cameron Begins Descent to Ocean’s Deepest Point
After years of preparation and days of uncooperative weather, James Cameron, at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET (5:15 a.m., local time), began descending solo to Earth’s deepest, and perhaps most alien, realm, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.
If all goes to plan, within two hours of his submersible’s launch, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker should become the first human to reach the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep alone—and the only one to explore it in depth, in person.
The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER
Another update from the NYT:
“He’s just made it to the bottom,” Ellen Stanley, a National Geographic spokeswoman, said late Sunday in an interview. “This is awesome. He said: ‘All systems are okay.’ That’s it.” She added that Mr. Cameron’s descent took more than two hours.
“Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt,” Mr. Cameron said in a Twitter message, according to National Geographic’s Web site. “Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you.”