At dawn this morning, after steaming southwest all night, Mermaid Sapphire arrived at Ulithi, the nearest land to Challenger Deep.
The following is an email from James Cameron to Don Walsh, co-pilot of the Trieste…
“DEEPSEA CHALLENGER had both booms extended and all her lights blazing,” said underwater photographer Simon Christidis. “I tracked her downward until she was swallowed by the darkness.”
Today, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER became the world’s deepest diving submersible. But the planned 26,247-foot (8,000-meter) dive ended abruptly before the sub could reach the floor of the New Britain Trench.
Today Jim Cameron did all the things he’s been dreaming about since he began the engineering development of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER eight years ago.