In the Voyage to the Bottom of the sea movie, the Seaview flees from an enemy sub by diving into the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. The Seaview survives, of course, while the enemy sub explodes under the pressure.
Now, director James Cameron is about to take his own voyage to the bottom of the sea in a submerseable he helped design.
Here’s an excerpt from the LA Times article:
In the coming weeks, the director of “Titanic” and “Avatar” will climb inside the Deepsea Challenger, a single-pilot submersible vehicle he helped design, and dive to the Challenger Deep, the lowest point in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean 200 miles southwest of Guam. Once he’s there he plans to spend six hours on the ocean floor collecting scientific samples and filming for a 3-D theatrical feature documentary that will also be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.
“The deep trenches are the last unexplored frontier on our planet, with scientific riches enough to fill a hundred years of exploration,” Cameron said in a statement.
Cameron’s undertaking is not without risk to the filmmaker. The only other humans to venture this deep under the ocean were a U.S. Navy lieutenant and a Swiss oceanographer in 1960. Their trip to the bottom in the bathyscaphe Trieste took four hours and 48 minutes and they spent just 20 minutes on the ocean bottom. One of the outer windows of the vessel cracked under the enormous sea pressure during the descent.
The modern submersible is considerably more high-tech, fitted with an ocean-depth rated stereoscopic camera (also partially designed by Cameron) designed to capture the sea life that exists only at that extreme depth.
Sounds like a scary proposition but how cool is it that a modern-day Irwin Allen is the one taking the plunge!