Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    27 / 15 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>Science

China scientists set sail for record 7,000-meter sea dive

(Xinhua)

08:39, June 01, 2012

BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists will attempt the world's deepest manned submersible dive by going 7,000 meters under the surface of the Pacific Ocean between mid-June and early July, according to the mission's leader.

An oceanographic ship carrying nearly 100 scientists and other staff is currently en route to the eastern Chinese city of Jiangyin from the port city of Qingdao.

After reaching Jiangyin, the Jiaolong, a manned submersible, is expected to leave for the Mariana Trench on June 3, said Liu Xincheng, deputy director of the Beihai branch of the State Oceanic Administration.

The vessel will return to Qingdao in mid-July.

The Jiaolong, named after a mythical sea dragon, is the world's first manned submersible designed to reach depths of 7,000 meters below sea level.

The submersible succeeded in diving 5,188 meters below sea level in the Pacific Ocean last summer, enabling China to conduct scientific surveys in 70 percent of the world's seabed areas.

However, diving for an additional 1,800 meters will put the submersible's ability to resist pressure to the test.

A roundtrip drive, including seabed operations, will take more than 10 hours, said diver Tang Jialing.

After reaching a depth of 7,000 meters, divers will test the submersible's functionality, conduct scientific research and take seabed samples.

China's deep-sea diving program is open, meaning that foreign scientists are welcome to make dives in the Jiaolong as well, Liu said.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:李昆仑、王金雪)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Intangible cultural heritages displayed

  2. Mini schools in south China's Guangxi

  3. Ancient city of Phoenix

  4. Armed police conducts combat drill in Xinjiang

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Real benefits of high trade volume remain elusive
  2. Construction boom could hinder economic growth
  3. Much-needed cooling awaits China
  4. Why is Washington so scared of Confucius?
  5. Chance to peacefuly resolve Iranian nuclear issue
  6. What is the US' aim behind arms sales to Taiwan?
  7. Investment-driven growth no longer a viable option
  8. Summit can't stop NATO from being marginalized
  9. Easing liquidity not a cure-all
  10. As Beijing remains mum, trade relationships suffer

What's happening in China

Youngsters may be left behind, but not forgotten

  1. Interests erode impartiality for directors
  2. Currency deal ushers in a new era
  3. Most people uneasy about what they eat
  4. New punishments for police abusing prisoners
  5. Public shows big appetite for food safety app

China Features

  1. Maritime spat between China and DPRK
  2. The 24 solar terms
  3. High ticket prices, unaffordable landscapes
  4. Huangyan tensions
  5. 2012 Russia-China joint naval exercise

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai