Deepsea Challenge 3D: James Cameron's New Ocean Exploration Documentary
The director of Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron became first person in history to solo dive the Challenger Deep. “Deepsea Challenge 3D”, a documentary film detailing the mission and its preparation, is soon due for release.
The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the Earth's seabed hydrosphere, and the Mariana Trench, 6.8 miles (35,756 ft) below the Pacific Ocean’s surface. In order to travel this staggering distance and record the journey, Cameron manned a 24-ft-long (7.3-meter-long) submersible, constructed mainly out of highly specialised glass foam. His cockpit or ‘pilot sphere’ was just 43 inches (109 cm) wide. Being over 6ft tall, Cameron had his knees bent to his chest and could not extend his arms for the entire duration of the dive.
Working alongside a team of NASA scientists, the mission took several years to prepare, in which Cameron invested a large amount of his own great fortune. The mission and film is also an ode to Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard, the first men to dive the trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the record depth of 10,911 metres (35,797 ft) into the Mariana Trench. 54 years since that record mission, Cameron was able to not only do it alone, but also record all the sights and sounds below the surface in 3D.
The takeaway message from “Deepsea Challenge 3D” is that space exploration should be furthered and taken more seriously. Studying such uncharted territory provides the possibility to discover how certain species can survive in such unforgiving environments and offers a more detailed understanding of how life on earth could have begun.
Watch the trailer for “Deepsea Challenge 3D” below.
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Article by Jack Bartrop