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Deberg_1990
03-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Incredible. Balls of Steel




http://news.yahoo.com/director-cameron-starts-record-setting-pacific-dive-204339087.html





"Titanic" director James Cameron returned to the surface Monday after a solo submarine dive to the deepest point in the world's oceans that was hailed as the ultimate test of "man and his machine."

[Related: James Cameron biography]

Cameron plunged about seven miles (11 kilometers) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, where temperatures are barely above freezing and the pressure is a crushing thousand times that at sea level.

Speaking after the mission, the filmmaker-explorer described a barren "completely alien world" on the ocean floor, not unlike the surface of the moon.

[Related: Earth's deepest locations]

It was a "very lunar, very desolate place. Very isolated," Cameron said.

"I felt like I, in the space of one day, had gone to another planet and come back," he said, describing the ocean floor as a "completely featureless, alien world."

The acclaimed film director described the experience of hurtling down the "yawning chasm" of the ocean: "Falling through darkness -- that's something that a robot can't describe."

The voyage was the first manned expedition to the trench in more than half a century and Cameron said it was the culmination of more than seven years of planning.

"Most importantly, though, is the significance of pushing the boundaries of where humans can go, what they can see and how they can interpret it," he said in a statement.

The journey down to the Challenger Deep valley of the Mariana Trench, which lies southwest of Guam, took two hours and 36 minutes, organizers said.

He told reporters in a phone press conference that he was at the bottom of the ocean for about a little more than two and a half hours, and had to cut short the planned stay of six hours because of problems with the ocean craft's hydraulics system.

Cameron said that being able to make the journey was "the culmination from my perspective of a lifelong dream," and that he hopes to be able to continue to marry his love of exploring the depths of the sea with his work as a director.

He collected samples for research in marine biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology and geophysics, and captured photographs and 3D moving images.

Cameron is the first person to make a solo dive to the Pacific Ocean trench. The last dive of any kind there was made by a two-man team in a relatively brief expedition back in 1960.

After a faster-than-expected, roughly 70-minute ascent, Cameron's sub, bobbing in the open ocean, was spotted by helicopter and plucked from the Pacific by a research ship's crane, organizers said.

Expedition physician Joe MacInnis called Cameron's descent "the ultimate test of a man and his machine."

Mission partner the National Geographic said Cameron had reached a depth of 35,756 feet (10,898 meters) at 7:52 am Monday (2152 GMT Sunday) in his specially designed submersible the Deepsea Challenger.

Because of its extreme depth, the Mariana Trench is cloaked in perpetual darkness and the temperature is just a few degrees above freezing.

The water pressure at the bottom is a crushing eight tons per square inch -- or about a thousand times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level.

The images collected by Cameron will be used to make a 3-D feature film, which is expected to be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

Cameron's tools included a sediment sampler, a robotic claw, a "slurp gun" for sucking up small sea creatures for study at the surface, and temperature, salinity, and pressure gauges.

The submersible that Cameron designed -- a "vertical torpedo" of sorts -- had already successfully completed an unpiloted dive on Friday.

In 1960, a two-man crew aboard the US Navy submersible Trieste -- then the only humans to have reached Challenger Deep -- spent just 20 minutes on the bottom, but their view was obscured by silt stirred up when they landed.

Cameron, 57, had been running several miles a day, practicing yoga to increase his flexibility for the dive in the sub's cramped quarters and studying deep-ocean science.

Cameron already has 72 dives under his belt, including 12 to film the blockbuster "Titanic."

The Mariana Trench, a crescent-shaped scar in the Earth's crust, measures more than 1,500 miles (2,550 kilometers) long and 43 miles (69 kilometers) wide on average.

Fritz88
03-26-2012, 01:20 PM
After 1 mile everything will be dark. I bet the organizers simply dumped him in a shallow water, pulled down the curtains, and convinced him that dived where no one's been.

PunkinDrublic
03-26-2012, 01:21 PM
They should refuse to help him up until he apologizes for Titanic.

Simplicity
03-26-2012, 01:24 PM
After 1 mile everything will be dark. I bet the organizers simply dumped him in a shallow water, pulled down the curtains, and convinced him that dived where no one's been.

:spock:

Frazod
03-26-2012, 01:24 PM
They should refuse to help him up until he apologizes for Avatar.

FYP

Trevo_410
03-26-2012, 01:27 PM
i don't know what you guys are talking about, I liked his movies.

suds79
03-26-2012, 01:28 PM
He told reporters in a phone press conference that he was at the bottom of the ocean for about a little more than two and a half hours

Sitting at the bottom of the ocean for 2 1/2 hours? Boring.

My money says he :whackit: to pass the time.

Frazod
03-26-2012, 01:28 PM
i don't know what you guys are talking about, I liked his movies.

I've liked all of them but one.

Canofbier
03-26-2012, 01:29 PM
This is actually pretty cool. I read about the 2-man expedition in 1960, and was incredibly surprised that nobody had gone down there since. To think that any living thing can exist under those conditions is a remarkable demonstration of the flexibility of life; it makes the prospect of extraterrestrial life seem a whole lot less far-fetched.

Also related, every time I see "Mariana Trench" I read it as "Marinara Trench".

Rain Man
03-26-2012, 01:29 PM
After 1 mile everything will be dark. I bet the organizers simply dumped him in a shallow water, pulled down the curtains, and convinced him that dived where no one's been.

That's actually a really good idea. It would save all sorts of money.

On the original note, this stuff creeps me out bad. Real bad. I'd be screaming to be pulled back up within ten minutes.

PunkinDrublic
03-26-2012, 01:32 PM
I remember when I was in Guam there was a bar called Mariannas Trench. The title made me giggle.

jiveturkey
03-26-2012, 01:32 PM
WTF is this thing!

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/wLj3QahGM2Xv6lgYJ2qi1w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zNTU7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/1d26ee7f8e36fe07090f6a706700dba9.jpg

InChiefsHell
03-26-2012, 01:34 PM
After 1 mile everything will be dark. I bet the organizers simply dumped him in a shallow water, pulled down the curtains, and convinced him that dived where no one's been.

ROFL!

Just like the moon landing!

scho63
03-26-2012, 01:35 PM
When I was young I wanted to be an oceanographer and learned to scuba dive at 15. The lack of any job that paid more than $15,000 kept me away.

However, I still think this is awesome and wonder why this got so little news coverage. It really is incredibly to think how deep he was.....

Gotta give him major kudos and as the OP said, balls of steel.

Count Alex's Losses
03-26-2012, 02:07 PM
This is what happens when you're filthy rich and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to go to the bottom of the ocean."

Neat hobby.

Demonpenz
03-26-2012, 02:10 PM
They should refuse to help him up until he apologizes for Titanic.

Titanic was pretty good.

BigMeatballDave
03-26-2012, 02:13 PM
Can't wait to see footage from this.

Frazod
03-26-2012, 02:16 PM
Can't wait to see footage from this.

1. Close your eyes.

2. Keep them closed.

InChiefsHell
03-26-2012, 02:17 PM
This is what happens when you're filthy rich and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to go to the bottom of the ocean."

Neat hobby.

Better than doing blow off of hookers asses...I think it's pretty friggin' cool. I mean, yeah he's got the money but also the guts and the brains...I'd imagine it's a little more difficult than taking an elevator...

InChiefsHell
03-26-2012, 02:17 PM
Titanic was pretty good.

The last hour anyway...

Sofa King
03-26-2012, 02:20 PM
The footage is actually pretty damn sweet. He operates those controls pretty good IMO. It takes a little bit to load. Worth the wait.

http://high-street.org/img/1312299025544.gif

Fish
03-26-2012, 02:21 PM
Titanic was pretty good.

For the 39 seconds in which Kate Winslet had her top off at least...

PunkinDrublic
03-26-2012, 02:37 PM
I'd rather it be Michael Bey.

Old Dog
03-26-2012, 02:40 PM
It really is incredible to think how deep he was.....


that's what she said /CP

Radar Chief
03-26-2012, 02:44 PM
The last hour anyway...

Best part of the show is when Kate shoved Leo’s frozen, lifeless body off to the briny deep.

keg in kc
03-26-2012, 02:46 PM
This is what happens when you're filthy rich and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to go to the bottom of the ocean."

Neat hobby.As opposed to when you're dirt poor and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to get online again."

Count Alex's Losses
03-26-2012, 02:51 PM
As opposed to when you're dirt poor and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to get online again."

Basically, yeah. ROFL

Rain Man
03-26-2012, 02:55 PM
As opposed to when you're dirt poor and have nothing better to do.

"Welp, time to get online again."


I have been to the deepest, darkest depths of Chiefsplanet, and believe me, it's more dangerous and scary than any submarine.

Kerberos
03-26-2012, 03:27 PM
WTF is this thing!

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/wLj3QahGM2Xv6lgYJ2qi1w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zNTU7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/1d26ee7f8e36fe07090f6a706700dba9.jpg

This was beside the picture. :D


This undated handout photo provided by NOAA shows a deep-chimaera, a boneless fish that is a distant evolutionary relative to modern day sharks taken by an unmanned submersible on NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer in a 2010 in deep water off of Indonesia. These are the type of fish that are seen at great depths in the world’s oceans and might be the type director/explorer James Cameron could see on the way to the deepest spot on Earth, the Mariana Trench. ...

InChiefsHell
03-26-2012, 03:33 PM
The footage is actually pretty damn sweet. He operates those controls pretty good IMO. It takes a little bit to load. Worth the wait.

http://high-street.org/img/1312299025544.gif

That video just won't load!

Nightfyre
03-26-2012, 04:41 PM
The footage is actually pretty damn sweet. He operates those controls pretty good IMO. It takes a little bit to load. Worth the wait.

http://high-street.org/img/1312299025544.gif

This post. It is Pure awesome.

Guru
03-26-2012, 06:14 PM
Remake of The Deep is imminent.

lcarus
03-26-2012, 06:48 PM
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It was a very lunar, very desolate place. Very isolated.


Yeah....it's the bottom of the ocean. What'd you expect a 7-11 down there?

Donger
03-26-2012, 07:51 PM
When the Trieste went down in 1960, there was a loud bang way down on the descent and one of the windows cracked severely. Luckily, it was the exterior plexiglass and not part of the pressure vessel.

Canofbier
03-26-2012, 08:06 PM
Here's a pretty cool picture that puts the depth of the Mariana Trench in perspective. Put in spoiler tags because it's enormous:

http://mindcheese.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/oap-landsea-oceans-100608-moderate.jpg

gblowfish
03-26-2012, 08:08 PM
I'M ON THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD!!!

headsnap
03-26-2012, 08:17 PM
The footage is actually pretty damn sweet. He operates those controls pretty good IMO. It takes a little bit to load. Worth the wait.

http://high-street.org/img/1312299025544.gif


it's like it's buffering from the bottom of the ocean!!!!

Rain Man
03-27-2012, 10:20 AM
Here's a pretty cool picture that puts the depth of the Mariana Trench in perspective. Put in spoiler tags because it's enormous:

http://mindcheese.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/oap-landsea-oceans-100608-moderate.jpg

That's way cool. The depth of the deepwater well is amazing. I had no idea.

suzzer99
03-27-2012, 11:16 AM
Next someone should outdo Joseph Kittinger's 102,000 ft sky dive.

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http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6451/220pxkittingerjump.jpg

On August 16, 1960, he made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m).[2] Towing a small drogue parachute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h)[3][4] before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled up to twice its normal size.[5][6] He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere.[

InChiefsHell
03-27-2012, 11:26 AM
Next someone should outdo Joseph Kittinger's 102,000 ft sky dive.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qw8OJJQ_hgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6451/220pxkittingerjump.jpg

That was cool as hell!

ChiefRocka
03-27-2012, 01:01 PM
Didn't he already direct this movie? The Abyss

Good flick.

Pants
03-27-2012, 01:12 PM
Avatar was like a top 5 all time cinema experience for me. Good for you, Cam.

How is it physically possible for anything man-made not to be crushed at that depth? Does not compute.