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Cameron begins historic dive

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SIX days have passed since James Cameron and crew left the shores of Guam on their exploratory adventure to the Challenger Deep.

Until this past weekend, it was unknown whether Cameron had completed his mission. But on Saturday, National Geographic posted a story on their website reporting that Cameron’s submersible, the Deepsea Challenger, “has already made the nearly 7-mile (11-kilometer) trip to the Challenger Deep and back, unmanned and unscathed.”

And yesterday morning, at around 10 a.m., Cameron ‘tweeted’ the following to his Twitter account: “I only tweet when I have something worth saying. Today is the culmination of a 7-year project. It’s finally dive day.”

Last Friday, Cameron’s longtime friend and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 414-foot long super yacht “Octopus” was seen tied to the dock in Apra Harbor.

The Octopus is the 12th largest privately owned yacht in the world, complete with two helipads, submarines and a pool.

There has been no confirmation that Allen was on the yacht, only speculation that he is here to witness Cameron’s expedition to the Challenger Deep.

Allen’s yacht cruised out of Apra mid-morning Saturday.

Those interested in Cameron’s Challenger Deep dive can follow the expedition via the NatGeo website, through Facebook or Twitter.

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