The ‘Deepsea Challenge’ expedition, promoted by the National Geographic Society, was a success, as the film director and explorer James Cameron, the protagonist of the project, managed to descend to the deepest point on Earth and return unscathed from the adventure. The Canadian was the first human being to visit the deepest point of the ocean in more than 50 years.
Responsible for screen hits such as “Titanic” and “Avatar”, Cameron began last Sunday (25/03) the riskiest underwater mission ever made by the man aboard a submersible, which was designed by the Canadian director himself: a “torpedo” vertical “of eight meters, which weighs 12 tons. The Mariana Trench, which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines, was the filmmaker’s destination. The site is about 2,250 km long on the seabed and, according to the scientific institution, the most hostile place on the planet.
The initial idea was to descend 11 km deep and stay six hours in the underwater bed, but Cameron was only three due to a leak in the submersible that forced him to return to the surface. During a training that preceded the mission, the director made 12 dives to the bottom of the sea, including some to film the “Titanic”.
James Cameron took with him three-dimensional high definition cameras and a 2.4 meter structure of LED lamps to film a 3D documentary of his journey, in addition to collecting samples of the local nature. After returning from the trip, the director said that the place looks like the surface of the moon and “a completely strange world, but there is life even below”. However, he found no traces of other beings or species, but he was not disappointed, since the mission’s goal was only to explore and collect data that can help scientists better understand the unexplored part of the Earth.
“The most impressive part was the feeling of solitude and enchantment. My feeling was to be completely isolated from the rest of humanity,” said the director. Cameron believes that he will still find many surprises in the various other adventures he plans to do with the “Deepsea Challenge”.
In the video below, you can get an idea of what the Mariana Trench is like at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. For many people, the feeling of claustrophobia must be hopeless, but there is no denying that a trip to the center of the Earth can be compared to an expedition into outer space: