Marianas Trench: James Cameron Dives To The Bottom Of Mariana Trench

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Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, March 26, 2011. (AP/National Geographic)

So what exactly does the creator of Avatar and Titanic do with all of his money? Dive to the Earth’s deepest spot of course.

James Cameron decided that creating top movies just won’t cut it anymore and took to the seas to dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench this past weekend.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans with a maximum-known depth of 35,800-feet. It’s located east of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

Cameron was the third person to do so and the first man to travel alone.

It was a 7-mile trek to the bottom and Cameron began his adventure at 10 p.m. EST Sunday and noon local time Monday.

After breaking the surface of the western Pacific just off of Guam, he began his descent to the bottom which took just a little over two hours.

After landing on the bottom in his Deepsea Challenger, a custom-designed submarine, Cameron spent three hours exploring before returning to the surface. The ascent took around 70 minutes, according to reports.

According to National Geographic, Cameron was originally supposed to spend six hours on the bottom exploring though his submarine suffered a hydraulic fluid leak that coated the window, obscuring his view, which cut his trip short. The report also noted that his short trip cost him a substantial amount of samples.

“That just means I gotta go back and get some more,” Cameron said, reported National Geographic, making it clear that he was up for another go.

It won’t be the only round two for Cameron, who is set to release a 3D version of Titanic next month as well as an Avatar 2 in the coming years.