James Cameron ‘Bearing Witness’ in the Deepest Dark

Washington Post
For three decades, filmmaker James Cameron has vividly rendered alien worlds. On Monday, ocean explorer James Cameron visited one: the bottom of the sea. “It’s time to finally open up this frontier to science,” Cameron said. But this kind of science is expensive, and government research budgets are stagnant or declining around the world, said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He’s hopeful that Cameron’s adventure attracts more money — private or public — for exploring the deep. “We want to go there repeatedly for 10 years,” Haymet said. He sees exploring the deep as akin to exploring Mars: Robots will do most of the work, but humans’ journeys will fire the public imagination.