As if he hasn’t accomplished enough, director James Cameron added yet another entry to his list of accomplishments by reaching the lowest point known on earth.
The award-winning director descended all the way down to the Challenger Deep (35,756 feet), the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, on Monday. Cameron is now the first man to reach the Challenger Deep since 1960 but the first man in history to do so on a solo mission.
“It was a very lunar, very desolate place, very isolated. My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity,” Cameron said after returning from his record-breaking journey.”I felt as though literally in the space of one day, I’ve gone to another planet and come back.”
It took the Titanic director approximately two and a half hours to reach the bottom while only taking 70 minutes to emerge. Cameron spent three hours on the ocean floor, filming with 3D cameras and admiring an uncommon place for man. He was also able to tweet from the bottom of the ocean:
Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you @DeepChallenge
Cameron is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council and is planning to film future manned missions to Mars in 3D.