James Cameron is now so busy making sequels to “Avatar” that he doesn’t have time to go back to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. So he’s giving his amazing rocket-powered submarine, the Deepsea Challenger, to the Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution, which will presumably use it to look for strange new worlds beneath the seas.
From the article in “Nature“:
Researchers at Woods Hole plan to start using some components of the DSC almost immediately. Chris German, a marine geochemist, hopes to use the camera systems from the submersible during dives with a remote-controlled vehicle this summer into the Cayman Trough. Although the vehicle, called Nereus, has its own cameras and lighting systems, the ones from the DSC are thought to be superior.
Because James Cameron is a like a James Bond supervillain except sort of a decent guy.