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China's Jiaolong sets new deep sea dive record

06-25-2012 09:24 BJT Special Report:Jiaolong’s Test Dive in Pacific Ocean |

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Good news came as the crew of the Jiaolong submersible surpassed the country’s dive record by going deeper than 7,000 meters after a successful test dive in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday morning.

A record breaking moment.

Jiaolong, China’s manned submersible successfully completed a dive of 7,015 meters below sea level at around 11 am local time, 8:55 am Beijing time. It’s the craft’s fourth dive into the Mariana Trench.

China's manned submersible Jiaolong is put into water to make the fourth dive into the sea
at the Mariana Trench on June 24, 2012. Chinese scientists refreshed the country's dive
record in a manned submersible by going to 7,000 meters beneath the sea after a successful
test dive in the Pacific Ocean Sunday morning. The Jiaolong, China's manned submersible
named after a mythical sea dragon, succeeded in diving 7,015 meters below sea level at 11
a.m. local time during its fourth dive into the Mariana Trench. Three oceanauts conducted
the dive, which started at 7 a.m. local time in heavy rain. (Xinhua/Luo Sha)

The submersible then went on to finally reach a maximum depth of 7,020 meters below sea level.

The three oceanauts sent greetings from the bottom of the deep blue sea to the three astronauts in outer space, who were about to carry out their manual docking of Shenzhou-9 with the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module.

"We wish the Shenzhou-9 crew success with the manual docking and great achievements for China’s manned space and deep-sea dive missions."

Various samples and video footage have been taken during the deep sea mission to benefit future scientific research.

Jiaolong returned safely on Sunday afternoon.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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