Monday, May 21, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, Monday March 26, 2012. (Mark Theissen/National Geographic/AP Photo)
In an IDEAS exclusive, James Cameron talks about his recent expedition to Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place in the world's oceans. Shortly after he returned to the surface, he recorded this conversation on board the Mermaid Sapphire with the expedition's electronic journalist and backup physician, Dr. Joe MacInnis. For more about the National Geographic-Rolex sponsored expedition, visit the National Geographic Deep Sea Challenge website.Canadian filmmaker James Cameron has been all over the news of late. When he's not announcing plans to mine metals from asteroids, he's overseeing the 3-D release of Titanic, and planning the first of two projected sequels for Avatar. And you'll probably remember that he recently piloted his own research sub to the deepest spot in the world's oceans - seven miles down to the very bottom of the Mariana Trench. Cameron's success depended on a team of thirty electronic, mechanical and life-support specialists working on a ship called the Mermaid Sapphire. They spent two months in the Western Pacific struggling against lethal ocean forces including wind, waves, currents and pressure that bends steel.