Last year James Cameron
took a solo trip down into the Mariana Trench in his advanced submersible called the Deepsea Challenger (where he also shot some innovative 3D footage). Cameron took the vessel into the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench at 6.8 miles down (an event reported by the Scientist
Cameron has now decided to give away the advanced craft to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts (WHOI). According to the BBC
, the research institute will initially use some of the submersible’s parts on its own diving vessels and will evaluate whether Cameron’s vessel will dive again.
In statement, reported by the Guardian
, Cameron said: "The seven years we spent designing and building the Deepsea Challenger were dedicated to expanding the options available to deep-ocean researchers. 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.
"WHOI is a world leader in deep submergence, both manned and unmanned. I've been informally associated with WHOI for more than 20 years, and I welcome this opportunity to formalise the relationship with the transfer of the Deepsea Challenger submersible system and science platform. WHOI is a place where the Deepsea Challenger system will be a living, breathing and dynamic program going forward."
Cameron had the submersible built using $10 million of his own money, according to The New York Times
. One of his aims was to raise scientific awareness about the ocean’s unexplored depths.
National Geographic are bringing out a film
about Cameron's adventure later his year.