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The Challenger's Deep-Sea Brethren

The Challenger's Deep-Sea Brethren

The Challenger’s Deep-Sea Brethren By ANDY ISAACSON Agence France-Presse — Getty Images James Cameron emerging from the Deepsea Challenger on Monday after his solo dive to the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. On Monday, the film director and explorer James Cameron became the first human to travel on his own to the world’s deepest abyss , the Challenger Deep, which lies 62 miles southwest of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The dive had been attempted only once before, in 1960, when Don Walsh, a retired United States Navy captain, and Jacques Piccard , a Swiss engineer, reached the spot in the Navy submersible Trieste. Mr. Cameron’s achievement is a triumph of engineering. At 35,756 feet below the surface — two leagues under the sea — where his sub, the Deepsea Challenger , hit bottom, the water pressure is around 16,000 pounds per square inch, nearly the atmospheric pressu...

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