A few days ago, director James Cameron became the first person to travel to the ocean’s deepest point in a solo dive. While not busy breaking his own box office records, Cameron was secretly designing and building an innovative submersible to take him to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He made the voyage a few days ago with LED lights and HD cameras in tow, and now the first footage from his dive has gone online. Cameron’s adventure will be chronicled in the 3D documentary Deepest Challenge, but this first footage is pretty incredible. Cameron will no doubt be channeling some of his experiences into the Avatar sequels, which are said to delve into Pandora’s oceans, but fellow science nuts can join me in geeking out over the ramifications this dive will have in the scientific community.
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Footage courtesy of National Geographic: