National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today it will
premiere a half-hour special, James Cameron: Voyage to the
Bottom of the Earth, chronicling the Oscar winning filmmaker's
one-man dive last month to the Mariana Trenchs Challenger
Deep, the oceans deepest point.
special airs on 2 June at 8 pm.
Mariana Trench is perhaps the most isolated place on the planet.
describes his journey to this oceans depth right here
on Earth in an interview saying, "I was watching the
numbers going deeper. The sub slows down as you get to the
target depth. There is a long moment of getting to think about
it. Then you have to get busy. You have less than a thousand
feet from the bottom, you fine-tune the ballast, adjust the
camera, turn up the spotlight. As the altimeter counted, I
saw the glow of the bottom!"
March, the filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
descended 6.8 miles to the spot known as the Challenger Deep
in the Pacific Oceans Mariana Trench, an area deeper
than Mt. Everest is tall. The record-breaking trip that made
headlines around the world was part of Deepsea Challenge,
a joint scientific expedition by
Cameron, National Geographic and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean
research and exploration.
is the only individual ever to complete the dive in a solo
vehicle and the first person since 1960 to reach the very
bottom of the world in a manned submersible.
Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth features Camerons
interview on the journey. Culled from more than two hours
of his firsthand accounts of the project, it details everything
from more than seven years of development to the actual moment
he touched the bottom of the Earth. The project is also his
first expedition as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.