James Cameron is going down. Right now!

After years of preparation and days of uncooperative weather, James Cameron, at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET (5:15 a.m., local time), began descending solo to Earth’s deepest, and perhaps most alien, realm, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.

If all goes to plan, within two hours of his submersible’s launch, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker should become the first human to reach the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep alone—and the only one to explore it in depth, in person.

This is pretty cool stuff.

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