James Cameron to dive to Earth’s deepest place
A calm James Cameron has broken his own record with the world’s deepest solo submarine dive, plunging 5.1 miles in the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea, the filmmaker said Thursday.
But that’s nothing. Later this month, he said, he plans to descend to the deepest place on Earth.
Mr. Cameron is aiming to plunge to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, 200 miles southwest of Guam. It’s 6.8 miles deep. Humans have been there only once before, when a two-man U.S. Navy team went for just 20 minutes in 1960.
The “Avatar” and “Titanic” filmmaker said he wasn’t frightened when he dived nearly that far in a practice run Wednesday that lasted 31/ hours on the bottom.
“Certainly not nervous or scared during the dive,” Mr. Cameron told the Associated Press in a ship-toshore phone interview. “You tend to be a little apprehensive ahead of the