Filmmaker James Cameron has gone where no man has gone before.

Okay, two other men – but no one had done it solo – until now.

Cameron reached the Earth’s deepest point in a specially designed submarine. Cameron’s trip to the depths of the Marianas Trench, makes him the first man to travel alone on the 7-mile journey. He reached a depth of 35,756 feet, staying for three hours, and collecting various samples.

Cameron accomplished the trip in the lime-green submersible Deepsea Challenger, which he helped design. He appeared healthy on his return.

The 57-year old director becomes just the third person to reach the earth’s deepest spot – and the first since Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Captain Don Walsh accomplished it in 1960.

Cameron is a lifelong oceanography enthusiast and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives.

Photo: National Geographic