The Abyss

This is incredibly cool. It’s about time we treated the ocean like outer space.

After years of preparation and days of uncooperative weather conditions, James Cameron, at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET (5:15 a.m., local time), began descending solo to Earth’s deepest, and perhaps most alien, realm, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.

If all goes to plan, within two hours of his submersible’s launch, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker should become the first human to reach the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep alone—and the only one to explore it in depth, in person.

I wonder if Cameron’s looking for this:

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