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James Cameron Reaches Deepest Spot on Earth
Associated Press ^ | 3/25/12

Posted on 03/25/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT by anymouse

Hollywood icon James Cameron has made it to Earth's deepest point.

The director of "Titanic," ''Avatar" and other films used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles, completing his journey a little before 8 a.m. Monday local time, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society.

He plans to spend about six hours exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.

"All systems OK," were Cameron's first words upon reaching the bottom, according to a statement. His arrival at a depth of 35,756 feet came early Sunday evening on the U.S. East Coast, after a descent that took more than two hours.

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KEYWORDS: cameron; dive; jamescameron; marianatrench; record; submarine
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A new low point in James Cameron's career. ;)
1 posted on 03/25/2012 6:02:33 PM PDT by anymouse
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2 posted on 03/25/2012 6:04:17 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: anymouse

Navy did it 50 years ago in the “Trieste” spelling ?


3 posted on 03/25/2012 6:04:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: anymouse

wait - Cameron is inside that thing? Why?


4 posted on 03/25/2012 6:07:22 PM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: anymouse

I have to give it up for him, pretty amazing
alone, that deep, in the dark.

I hope he turned off his lights at some point.

This marks a turning point in underwater exploration.


5 posted on 03/25/2012 6:09:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: anymouse
Is that a chartreuse spinner bait?
6 posted on 03/25/2012 6:11:34 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: anymouse
Is that a chartreuse spinner bait?
7 posted on 03/25/2012 6:11:46 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: anymouse

Did he find the weighted bottle with the birth certificate rolled up inside?


8 posted on 03/25/2012 6:12:23 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: al baby

Yes, who spent the most money doing it.


9 posted on 03/25/2012 6:12:36 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: tet68

why do you hope he turned off the lights?


10 posted on 03/25/2012 6:12:56 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: anymouse

All I can think of is the comments of the guys taking a piss off the bridge over the river, when one says “It is cold” and his friend says “Deep Too”!


11 posted on 03/25/2012 6:13:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: al baby

I actually remember when that happened. About half way down the outer glass cracked with a loud bang. Unbelievably they continued on down and finished the mission.

If I had been on that thing I guarantee you it would have gone back up immediately.


12 posted on 03/25/2012 6:13:34 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: reefdiver
To see the natural phosphorescence of the creatures
down there. I imagine he filmed in UV also.
13 posted on 03/25/2012 6:16:25 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: reefdiver

Lights on at that depth would blind all those creatures who reside at that depth!


14 posted on 03/25/2012 6:18:27 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: yarddog

They would have had to bring it up if i was on it the smell coming from my pants would have made it toxic to be in that thing


15 posted on 03/25/2012 6:18:35 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: anymouse

Wow — that’s pretty dangerous. He’s getting pretty close to the point where the temperature of the Earth is millions of degrees! </sarc>


16 posted on 03/25/2012 6:19:53 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Red_Devil 232
Lights on at that depth would blind all those creatures who reside at that depth!

Any creature at that depth wouldn't have eyes. There is no light.

17 posted on 03/25/2012 6:21:19 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: anymouse

He is a cheat and an a hole, but you can not doubt his bravery. His money, his choice, our gain. Good for you James Cameron....


18 posted on 03/25/2012 6:23:17 PM PDT by massatoosits
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To: LostInBayport

lol


19 posted on 03/25/2012 6:23:56 PM PDT by TwoSwords
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To: anymouse

Hell he was just trying to go someplace that never heard Of Trayvon Martin


20 posted on 03/25/2012 6:24:26 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: anymouse

How low can the 1% sink?

-:) Good for him, on a totally pointless adventure. Probably, employed more people than DumBO’s stimuless.


21 posted on 03/25/2012 6:24:42 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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Hope he doesn’t pull the plug... a hell of alot of water would go down the drain.


22 posted on 03/25/2012 6:26:32 PM PDT by dmzTahoe
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To: tet68
This marks a turning point in underwater exploration.

I'm not so sure. The risk is so easily offset by sending ROVs that most oceanographers don't really see the point on going themselves when they can operate an ROV in real time without the risk and expense.
23 posted on 03/25/2012 6:28:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: corkoman
wait - Cameron is inside that thing? Why?

As I understand it, he paid for quite a bit of it. He also has done many deep dives in other types of submarines, so he is actually one of the few people qualified for this type of thing.

24 posted on 03/25/2012 6:28:25 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: anymouse

Associated Press is CRAP.

Why do you people keep posting from the AP?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2120258/James-Cameron-descends-the-Pacifics-Mariana-trench.html


25 posted on 03/25/2012 6:28:55 PM PDT by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: anymouse

26 posted on 03/25/2012 6:30:20 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: anymouse

“He plans to spend about six hours down there”

Wow, much better than my idea of sending down a variety of video cameras (low light, infrared, etc) with live feed and leaving them there for years.


27 posted on 03/25/2012 6:30:37 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Glenn

Maybe they just keep them closed at that depth and gradually open them as the rise to the surface for air? /s


28 posted on 03/25/2012 6:30:55 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: al baby
Hell he was just trying to go someplace that never heard Of Trayvon Martin

THAT has to be one of the best posts on Free Republic of ALL time. It sure is for me. Nice.

29 posted on 03/25/2012 6:31:46 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: anymouse

too bad he didn’t stay


30 posted on 03/25/2012 6:32:29 PM PDT by The_Freemason
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To: al baby
Hell he was just trying to go someplace that never heard Of Trayvon Martin

Thread winner. I am so sick of all the media publicity about that gangbanger.

Never let a crisis go to waste.

31 posted on 03/25/2012 6:37:06 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: al baby

Spelling is correct!


32 posted on 03/25/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: Randy Larsen

Imagine that the father of the beeper spelling something correct on the first try


33 posted on 03/25/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: cripplecreek

Your bring up ROVs prompted my curiosity and I looked it up. I guess there have only been two, 1995 and 2009, robot remotely controlled dives in the Challenger Deep. I would love for them to do some core drilling there. That is some of the oldest ocean sediment.


34 posted on 03/25/2012 6:44:44 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: anymouse

Well he’s only about 4,000 miles short of the “deepest spot on earth”...

But he did go to the deepest spot in the ocean on earth...


35 posted on 03/25/2012 6:46:56 PM PDT by DB
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To: yarddog

I believe that there were two “portholes” on Trieste. They were made of very thick quartz crystal.

One of these cracked which is what made the BANG. The two scientists inside could not find any damage so they continued their mission. It was not until after they had surfaced that the damage was discovered.

Brave, brave men.


36 posted on 03/25/2012 7:00:36 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: dmzTahoe

“Hope he doesn’t pull the plug... a hell of alot of water would go down the drain.”

Good one!

We would all hear a giant sucking sound if that happened...


37 posted on 03/25/2012 7:03:36 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: yarddog

“If I had been on that thing I guarantee you it would have gone back up immediately.”

If it had been me there would have been one nasty smell in the sub.


38 posted on 03/25/2012 7:08:19 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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“Wait a minute! That isn’t some weird geological feature. It sort of looks organic, like the tentacle of an octopus, but ten thousand times...larger...

PULL ME UP! PULL ME UP! UP! UP! UP! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!”


39 posted on 03/25/2012 7:13:19 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." -- Hillary Clinton)
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To: 43north
One view port. As per Wikipedia, what broke was the "outer window" that was a protective cover for it. Of course it didn't sustain pressure across its face, and I assume it broke because of compression of the entire sphere and the attached bracket that held the outer window, "pinching" it, as it were.


40 posted on 03/25/2012 7:38:23 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: wolficatZ

Your tagline mostly explains why I no longer own a TV.


41 posted on 03/25/2012 7:44:33 PM PDT by upchuck (Where others hold a window into the world, nobama holds a mirror. h/t - Don Surber)
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To: I cannot think of a name
Well, he's back! This BBC article says he spent three hours on the bottom.
42 posted on 03/25/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: anymouse
Species discovered heretofore not known to be able to survive at such depths, liberalis Marianas


43 posted on 03/25/2012 7:57:18 PM PDT by twister881
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To: wolficatZ

Because it was the first place I found the story. I was surprised that no one else posted an article about this before me.


44 posted on 03/25/2012 8:20:50 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: corkoman

To be there when it gets where it’s going.

You foot the bill, you enjoy the ride.


45 posted on 03/25/2012 8:26:33 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: dr_lew

I stand corrected.

ONE view port! No video cams!

It is just difficult to “fathom” what that must have been like.


46 posted on 03/25/2012 8:50:12 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Dust in the Wind
Yeah, I wanna see the bucketmouth they brought up with that thing...........and the special issue of Bassmaster they put out to cover it. LOL

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47 posted on 03/25/2012 9:41:14 PM PDT by Viking2002
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You evil bastard. I’m afraid to go to sleep now.


48 posted on 03/25/2012 9:46:15 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: corkoman; Vince Ferrer

Cameron made several trips to the Titanic in a similar submersible. My guess is he simply finds exploring the ocean depths an enjoyable hobby that he can afford. I also suspect he’s got another movie up his sleeve and he’s doing some prep work.


49 posted on 03/25/2012 9:50:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: anymouse
James Cameron back on surface after deepest ocean dive
50 posted on 03/25/2012 9:54:14 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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