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Filmmaker James Cameron tweets from deepest point on earth

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 26, 2012 8:42 EDT
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Filmmaker James Cameron prepares to dive the Marianas Trench. Screenshot via Reuters.
 
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Filmmaker James Cameron, famed for his cinematic hits Titanic and Avatar, has achieved another historic first, becoming one of just a few people to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, and the first to do so alone.

The filmmaker, who is also a National Geographic explorer, reached the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean trench late Sunday night in a specially designed one-person craft that was fired like a bullet from a ship above.

“Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt.,” he published on Twitter as soon as he reached bottom. “Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you.”

His his ship was equipped with an array of LED lights and 3D cameras, virtually guaranteeing that whatever footage he’s returned with will be spectacular — or at least of great interest to science.

Read more about Cameron’s latest adventure.

This video is from Reuters, published Monday, March 26, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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