James Cameron successfully dived to the Mariana Trench

March 26, 2012 | Environment
Deep Sea Challenge: James Cameron hits rock bottom

James Cameron has successfully dived to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the world's oceans. The Oscar-winning director confirmed his historic solo dive in his one-man submersible.

"Jim Cameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his team. Cameron reached Challenger Deep, an area of the Mariana Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean at more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet).

The Deepsea Challenger is fully equipped with cameras and robotic arms and dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute where the strong pressure hits 16,000 pounds per square inch.

The dive took two hours and 36 minutes and he has already resurfaced. "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," Cameron tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."

James Cameron collected samples for future research. His goal is to understand how life develops at that depth.

Cameron spent hours at the bottom of the trench collecting samples for research that will allow scientists around the world to learn about the habitat and life forms at that depth.

The Hollywood director is the first human to complete this remarkable solo dive to the deepest point of Planet Earth. The Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall.