China broadcast live streams from its new manned submersible that was parked on the ocean floor on Friday. This was the country’s most recent foray into the deepest ocean trench on earth.
The ship “Fendouzhe” or “Striver” dived with three researchers on board more than 10,000 meters into the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, announced the state broadcaster CCTV.
Video footage captured and transmitted by a deep-sea camera showed the green and white submersible moving through dark water, surrounded by clouds of debris, as it slowly touched down on the ocean floor.
Fendouzhe had set a national record of 10,909 meters for manned deep-sea diving earlier this month, just below the 10,927-meter world record set by an American explorer in 2019.
Equipped with robotic arms to collect biological samples and sonar “eyes” that use sound waves to identify surrounding objects, the submersible makes repeated dives to test its skills.
It observes “the many species and distribution of living things on the ocean floor,” scientists on board told CCTV.
The researchers will collect samples for their work, the broadcaster said.
“It takes more than two tries before we can call it a real success,” Zhu Min, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences who was involved in the mission, told CCTV on Tuesday.
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