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China launches new scientific research vessel

(Xinhua)

14:11, December 01, 2011

China's newly-designed scientific research vessel "Kexue", or "Science", is seen during its launching ceremony in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Nov. 30, 2011. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

China launched its new scientific research vessel here Wednesday. The vessel, 99.6 meters long and 17.8 wide, is equipped with a podded electric propulsion system. The ship also features world-class facilities for water body detection, atmospheric exploration, deep-sea environment exploration and remote sensing information research. The cruising capacity of the ship reaches 15,000 nautical miles with speeds up to 15 knots.

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