China brought the scene of its new manned submarine stationed on the ocean floor to life on Friday, the latest ascent by Earth scientists into Earth’s deepest ocean trench.
State broadcaster CCTV said the ship “Fendoze”, or “Stryver”, has sunk more than 10,000 meters into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
Video footage shot and filmed with a camera on the high seas shows a green and white submarine moving through the water surrounded by deep water debris as it slowly touches the ocean floor.
Fenduze set a national record of 10,909 meters for manned deep sea diving earlier this month, which was an embarrassing world record of 10,927 meters set by U.S. explorers in 2019.
The submarine is equipped with robotic weapons to collect biological specimens and sonar “eyes” that use sound waves to identify nearby objects, diving repeatedly to test its abilities.
It examines the “distribution of many species and living things along the coast,” the council’s scientists told CCTV.
The broadcaster said the researchers would collect samples for their work.
“It takes more than two trials before we can call it a real success,” Zhu Min, a Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher involved in the mission, told CCTV on Tuesday.
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