Chinese submersible begins first dive in Mariana Trench to attempt national record
English.news.cn 2012-06-15 07:44:39
ABOARD XIANGYANGHONG 09, June 15 (Xinhua) -- China's manned submersible, Jiaolong, made its first dive in the Mariana Trench on Friday, as part of a bid to attempt the country's deepest-ever 7,000-meter manned dive.
The dive, which is the first of a series of six ones and began at 9 a.m. local time (2300 GMT Thursday), will try to reach the depth of 5,000 meters and last eight hours.
Three sea divers Ye Cong, Cui Weicheng and Yangbo are inside the submersible, whose first dive was delayed several days due to tropical storm "GuChao."