Submersible Broke National Record by Reaching New Depth
Jiaolong, China’s manned deep sea submersible surpassed a fresh national record the was set earlier in the day by reaching a depth of 6,965 meters below sea level on its second dive into the Mariana trench yesterday.
The submersible was at the seabed depth of 6,965 meters on its second touch of the ocean floor. The first touch was at 6,671 meters below sea level during its first dive last Friday where divers placed markers and collected water samples and surpassing the previous record of 5,188 meters in July. The dive took place after the crew fixed a leaking oil pipe in the hydraulic system of the Jiaolong. The diving crew will be expected to continue monitoring the submersibles hydraulics system after its repair to ensure the submersible’s security at such great depths.
Xiangyanghong 09 the oceanographic mother ship reached the dive zone at the Mariana Tranch last June 11. The submersible crew will be making four more dives in its attempt to reach 7,000 meters below sea level by early July.