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The first Chinese bathyscaphe went to study the Pacific Ocean
The Jiaolong, the first Chinese deep-sea bathyscaphe named after the mythical water dragon, set off on an expedition to the Pacific Ocean, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Soon the bathyscaphe will be delivered to the northwestern Pacific, where he will begin research. The expedition will last from 2014 to 2015 year. With its help, Chinese scientists will be able to explore and study the cobalt deposits that are located in this area, as well as the life forms that are present on the ocean floor.
A miniature remote-controlled underwater vehicle "Longzhu" (dragon pearl), mounted on the "Jiaolun", will record and transmit the image at the moment when the bathyscaphe is at the very bottom.
One of the crew was an ordinary elementary school teacher. He received a similar chance in the framework of the state program of popularizing science among students and schoolchildren. This is not the first journey for a bathyscaphe. In 2012, it sank to a depth of more than 7 000 meters in the Mariana Trench.