Film director James Cameron has begun an attempt to become the first person in 50 years to visit the deepest part of the ocean.
Cameron is travelling 11km (7 miles) down to the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, where he hopes to spend six hours exploring and filming.
A manned descent to the trench was last attempted in 1960, by US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard.
They spent about 20 minutes on the ocean floor but their landing kicked up silt, meaning their view was obscured.
This is only the second manned expedition to this ocean’s deepest depths - the first took place in 1960.
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