This morning we moved Mermaid Sapphire a short distance inside the Ulithi lagoon.
This morning we moved Mermaid Sapphire half a mile east into the lee of Asor Island.
This morning the Mermaid Sapphire steamed south of Falalop Island, turned west, and passed through Mugai Channel into Ulithi’s lagoon.
At dawn this morning, after steaming southwest all night, Mermaid Sapphire arrived at Ulithi, the nearest land to Challenger Deep.
View launch photos of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron of before and after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. The dive was part of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE , a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.