Sorry, Virgin. The first successful solo dive back to the bottom of the Mariana Trench was completed yesterday (technically on Monday, Guam time) by none other than filmmaker James Cameron. The joint effort between National Geographic, Rolex, and Cameron sent the director of Avatar and Titanic to the deepest point on Earth, some 35,756 feet below the ocean's surface, in a custom built submersible known as the Deepsea Challenger.
The dive marks the first solo mission to the point known as Challenger Deep, the first scientific exploration of the ocean floor there, and the first time a human has been down there since 1960. Find the NatGeo press release here, and highlights from the press conference here.
Kudos for you pal, can't wait to see the film.
I hope he found many animals swimming about and capture it on film. This dive is so cool! Yes Kudos to all involved in the development of this submarine and the diver for risking his life! One itty bitty crack and his life would have been over with in an instant with the pressure of the water! God bless you sir for your bravery!
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
Outstanding courage! Just reading it makes me want to run away.