James Cameron to dive to Earth’s deep­est place

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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

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