James Cameron returns from exploration of Earth's deepest sea

Exploring the Deep

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This February 2012 file photo provided by National Geographic shows explorer and filmmaker James Cameron emerging from the hatch of Deepsea Challenger during testing of the submersible. (AP Photo/National Geographic, Mark Thiessen, File)

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Posted on March 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 25 at 10:32 PM

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HONOLULU (AP) — Director James Cameron has returned to the surface of the Pacific Ocean after traveling to Earth's deepest point.

The director of "Titanic" and other films used a specially designed submarine called "Deepsea Challenger" to dive nearly seven miles.

He spent time exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.

He completed his mission Monday morning local time, Sunday evening on the U.S. East Coast, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society.

Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh, a U.S. Navy captain, are the only others to reach the spot. They spent about 20 minutes there during their 1960 dive but couldn't see much after their sub kicked up sand from the sea floor.

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