"Avatar" director James Cameron may have hit a low point, so to speak, when he revealed images at the bottom of the ocean for his megahit “Titanic,” but he’s about to sink even lower — literally.
Cameron announced that his latest project includes a plan to pilot a submersible vehicle he helped design to the lowest point in the Mariana Trench, during which he will tape scenes for a documentary that will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog. It’s the lowest place on Earth
The venture to a point 6.8 miles below the surface poses risks for Cameron, the piece points out. The only other people to try to dive so deep in the ocean were a two-person team in 1960; the outer windows on their vessel cracked from the pressure during the descent, the story adds. The crew made it back OK but had to cut the expedition short.
Cameron will take the Deepsea Challenger to a point in the Mariana Trench located 200 miles southwest of Guam, the story notes. He plans to spend six hours collecting samples and filming for the 3D project, the piece adds.