One year ago, James Cameron went on a deep-diving mission to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest point in the ocean and a depth that was not reached by any human since 1960. Cameron, the director of Avatar and Titanic, is now going to donate the $10 million Deepsea Challenger submarine for ocean research to the non-profit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
“Our sub is a scientific proof-of-concept, and our partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a way to provide the technology we developed to the oceanographic community,” said Cameron in a statement. Cameron is an advocate of deep sea research and he will be joining Woods Hole as an adviser.
The Deepsea Challenger took 7 years to build and it set a world record for the deepest solo dive at 5.1 miles. This was followed up by a 6.7 mile dive.