09:55 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 03/26/2012 08:15AM
Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron's career in scientific research went into a steep decline Monday, exactly as he planned it.
The Oscar-winning director of Titanic and Avatar became the first human to make a solo trip to the deepest part of the ocean – the so-called Challenger Deep spot, part of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Guam.
Cameron, 57, descended for two hours and 36 minutes and reached the spot at 7:52 a.m. local time Monday (5:52 p.m. ET Sunday), CNN reports. He spent two hours observing and collecting samples of material for research and then resurfaced after a 70-minute ascent.
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