COMMENTARY | Proving that great feats of exploration are not quite gone from the planet, filmmaker James Cameron has taken a submersible and has dived to the bottom of the sea, 35,756 feet at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, according to National Geographic.
He is the first to do this feat solo.
Cameron is best known for lavishly produced melodrama such as "Titanic" and "Avatar" that has made billions at the box office. But now he has placed himself in the history books in quite another venue. He has descended in the submersible "Deepsea Challenge" as deep into the ocean than any man has or can. His adventure is more compelling than anything fictional put on the screen, as it has really happened.Cameron's hourlong voyage was in its own way as daring as an Apollo moon landing, albeit not as elaborate or expensive. Unlike most space missions, Cameron's feat was the dream of an individual, conceived and executed over the past seven years. It hearkens back to the voyages of exploration of old, when private people used their own resources to push back the frontiers of what is known
Just as many people look up to the heavens as the new frontier, others look down to the ocean depths as a venue for exploration and discovery. There is plenty of good science to be done beneath the waves, new species of sea life to find and analyze, as well as the geology of the land drowned by tens of thousands of feet of water.
Cameron will likely make a documentary of his adventurous dive to the bottom of the sea. One can hardly wait to view the wonders thus garnered.
- James Cameron