By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director James Cameron ventured to the farthest reaches of the planet and fulfilled a childhood dream in “Deepsea Challenge 3D,” a documentary that follows him on a record-breaking solo dive to the ocean’s depths. Tightly crammed into the tiny capsule of a vertical-diving submarine, the director of Hollywood’s highest grossing films, “Avatar” and “Titanic,” plunged 35,787 feet (10,908 meters) to the deepest known place on Earth in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. “Curiosity is the most important thing in my life,” said Cameron, 59, whose team of experts designed and built the equipment to dive to the ocean’s depths, photograph its fascinating creatures and gather samples for scientists. Cameron had been enthralled with exploration since reading about French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and was also inspired by the historic dive of Lt. Don Walsh of the U.S. Navy and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard half a century earlier.
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