James Cameron: ‘It Was Bleak’

    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)

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    There weren’t any explosions on the ocean floor, so maybe the man who brought us Avatar and The Terminator just got bored. Although the director James Cameron called his record-breaking solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench a “heckuva ride,” it didn’t sound that spectacular. “It was bleak. It looked like the moon. I didn’t see a fish,” he said. He also had to surface three hours earlier than planned Monday because hydraulic fluid began leaking. “Next dive. Gotta leave something for the next one,” he said.

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