James Cameron donates Deepsea Challenger to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

James Cameron donates Deepsea Challenger to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Hollywood director and undersea explorer James Cameron, who person behind super-hit movies like Titanic and Avatar, has decided to donate his Deepsea Challenger submersible to the US' Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

A year ago, Cameron made a new record by using his Deepsea Challenger to make a solo dive to the depth of 35,787 feet (10.9km) in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

Cameron said that there are several yet-to-be explored interesting science targets in the Pacific Ocean, such as the Tonga Trench and the Kermadec Trench; and that he wanted to see the Deepsea Challenger diving again to explore all those targets.

But, lack of funds was now jeopardizing the research work.

The director, however, is confident that his decision to donate the vessel to the WHOI would give the submersible a second phase of life.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "I'd love to keep the Deepsea Challenger continuously operational. My hope is with the sub's home now at Woods Hole, there will be a residential team in place - and they will have the knowledge of how to bring that sub back online."

When Mr. Cameron made his record-breaking dive last year, he became the first person to reach the Mariana Trench's bottom.


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