Rendering of Deepsea Challenger in dive mode (Photo: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic)
The Deepsea Challenger surface support vessel Mermaid Sapphire (Photo: National Geographic)
The Deepsea Challenger in dive orientation (Photo: National Geographic)
The Deepsea Challenger just prior to launch on its record-setting dive (Photo: National Geographic)
James Cameron prepares to enter Deepsea Challenger just prior to beginning his record-setting dive to the Challenger Deep (Photo: National Geographic)
On March 26 at 7:52am local time, film maker/explorer James Cameron entered the history books and became the first person to visit the ocean's deepest point alone. Just two weeks ago, we reported on his previous solo-dive record of 26,791 feet (8,166m), which he handily smashed by plunging 35,756 feet (10,898m) into the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep southwest of Guam. If the handful of contenders still vying for the record want to beat Cameron, they'll now have to excavate, because that's as deep as it gets.
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