On March 25, 2012, filmmaker James Cameron completed the deepest solo dive ever attempted, joining the likes of Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr, the first humans to set foot on the moon.
He blasted back to the surface at noon, local time (10 p.m. ET) after spending hours in his “vertical torpedo” sub, cruising the bottom of the 6.8-mile-deep (11-kilometer-deep) Mariana Trench, the deepest point on earth. He is the first human to reach this deep undersea valley solo. The only other manned dive was completed in 1960 in a craft far different from Cameron’s hi-tech sub.
“Imagine the possible — James Cameron”
According to National Geographic, ”Among the 2.5-story-tall sub’s tools are a sediment sampler, a robotic claw, a “slurp gun” for sucking up small seacreatures for study at the surface, and temperature, salinity, and pressure gauges.
Cameron is best-known for his movies, Avatar, Titanic and The Abyss but is an avid explorer in his own right.
For more information on this historic dive, please visit National Geographic’s site.