1. Under the Sea

    Cameron Sets Record Dive

    This February 2012 photo, provided by National Geographic, shows explorer and filmmaker James Cameron emerging from the hatch of DEEPSEA CHALLENGER during testing of the submersible in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, Australia. Earth's lost frontier, the deepest part of the oceans where the pressure is like three SUVs sitting on your little tow, is about to be explored first-hand. It's been more than half a century since man dared to plunge that deep. Earth's lost frontier is about to be explored firsthand after more than half a century. It's a mission to the deepest part of the ocean, so deep that the pressure is the equivalent of three SUVs sitting on your toe. And it's being launched by the rich and famous. In the next several days, James Cameron, the director of “Titanic,” “Avatar” and “The Abyss,” plans to dive nearly 7 miles deep in a one-man sub he helped design. The location is the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific. “It's the last frontier for science and exploration on this planet,” Cameron said. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, National Geographic)

    Mark Thiessen, National Geographic / AP Photo

    Director James Cameron completed a record-setting 6.8-mile solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench off the coast of Guam–the deepest point on Earth. The Titanic mastermind began the dive at 5:15 a.m. local time and resurfaced around noon. Cameron spent around six hours collecting samples, before making the 70-minute return journey. The only other dive to that spot was in 1960; it took the divers five hours to reach the ocean floor and they spent only 20 minutes there before heading home. Cameron was inside a "vertical torpedo" sub and used a "slurp gun" to gather samples on the sea floor.

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