Dives set for deep-sea mis­sion

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

China’s manned sub­mersible, Jiao­long, con­ducted a dive in theMar­i­ana Trench onMay 23. Its mother ship,

Xiangyanghong 09, set sail re­cently for the Yap andMar­i­ana trenches, with 96 scientists and the Jiao­long aboard. The ship ar­rived at theMar­i­ana Trench area onMay 22 and started test­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, salin­ity and depth. Ten dives are planned for the ex­pe­di­tion. The first is ex­pected to reach a depth of 4,800 me­ters and last about nine hours. With its two me­chan­i­cal arms, the sub­mersible will col­lect sam­ples of sea­wa­ter, sed­i­ment, deep-sea life and rocks.

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