VIDEO: James Cameron Makes Dive, Uses Twitter To Tell the World

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Guam – Filmmaker James Cameron used Twitter.com to let the world know that he had reached the bottom of the Marianas Trench this morning [Monday].

Cameron (@JimCameron) tweeted “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you @DeepChallenge” shortly after he reached the bottom at 7:52am Monday.

Cameron was the first to reach the depth of 35,756 feet in 52 years and the first man to make the dive alone.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen also kept the world informed by giving up-to-the-minute updates on twitter while listening to underwater communications from on-board his yacht the Octopus.  According to Allen, Cameron began his return to the surface at 10:52am after three hours at the bottom of the Challenger Deep.  Allen (@PaulGAllen) tweeted” sub started return to the surface after a successful dive welcome back to sea level soon!” at 10:52am.

Cameron’s sub reached the surface at 11:59am according to Allen’s twitter feed.

The DeepSea Challenge is sponsored by National Geographic and Rolex, you can learn more about the dive at deepseachallenge.com

National Geographic provided the following copyrighted images of Cameron’s launch and return to surface:

Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic
The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible carrying filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron is hoisted into the Pacific Ocean on its way to the “Challenger Deep,” the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. The dive was part of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.

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Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron gives two thumbs-up as he emerges from the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. The dive was part of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.