China's manned submersible Jiaolong surfaces after a dive in the Mariana Trench on May 30 Carl Nassib Jersey , 2017. Jiaolong dived to 6,699 meters during Tuesday's mission in the Mariana Trench. (XinhuaLiu Shiping)
BEIJING, May 30 (Xinhua) -- On Tuesday China celebrated its first science and technology day, which means it has only been one year since the country declared its intention of becoming a leading power in S&T by the middle of the century.
Things have moved pretty swiftly since.
Jiaolong, China's manned submersible, went quite literally to the bottom of the ocean this week, diving three times into the Mariana Trench and reaching a depth of 6 Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey ,544 meters on May 27. Scientists collected samples of seawater, rock and marine life, including sea cucumbers, sponges and starfish. The geological samples will help them understand how the trench was formed.
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In pursuit of the kind of quantum scientific leaps China needs, space is another frontier to be conquered.
In southwest China, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) Corey Coleman Jersey , the world's largest radio telescope, began scanning the skies in September. Its mission is to help us understand the origin and structure of the universe, and perhaps bring the search for extraterrestrial life closer to what would be an astonishing conclusion.
Meanwhile, out in actual space itself, the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, launched in October last year, carried two astronauts to space lab Tiangong-2 Zane Gonzalez Jersey , where they remained for 30 days.
In April this year, the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft docked with Tiangong-2, refueling and resupplying the orbiting lab.
In January experiments began with a quantum communication satellite launched last August and preliminary