7,000m & below: China sub set for record dive

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  1. sandeepdg

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    BEIJING: Chinese scientists aim to complete the world's deepest dive in a manned submersible in 2012 by going to 7,000 metres (22,966 ft) beneath the sea after a successful test dive in the Pacific Ocean, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday . The Jiaolong - named after a mythical Chinese sea dragon - reached 5,057 metres (16,591 ft) in a dive in international waters in the Pacific in the early hours of Tuesday, Xinhua said.

    "Such a depth means the Jiaolong is capable of reaching over 70% of the seabeds in the world," it quoted head of the diving operation Wang Fei as saying. "It will pave way for a recordbreaking 7,000-metre test dive in 2012," Wang added.

    The current record holder is Japan's Shinkai 6500, which dived to 6,527 meters in August 1989. Wang said the Jiaolong had performed admirably. "At a depth of 5,000 meters, the Jiaolong withstood great pressure amounting to 5,000 tonnes per square meter," Wang said. Further tests are expected , during which it will carry out "scientific research and further test different functions of the craft" , Xinhua added.

    7,000m & below: China sub set for record dive - The Times of India
     
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    Nice, humans have send probes to MARS but much of our ocean depths have been undiscovered.
     
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    ^^ Yeah, and we haven't been able to come up with a decent submersible yet.
     

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