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 Robot sub aims for deepest ocean

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Date posted: 07/05/2009

A robotic submarine is undergoing final preparations to dive to the deepest-known part of the oceans.

If successful, Nereus will be the first autonomous vehicle to visit the 11,000m (36,089ft) Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean. The $5m submarine will make the attempt in late May or early June after a series of increasingly deep dives.

Only two other vehicles have ever visited the spot before, both of them human operated.

"Instead of jumping directly into the deep end of the swimming pool with the vehicle, we'll probably dip our toe in first," said Andy Bowen of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and one of the designers of Nereus.

"We'll work at 1,000m, 4,000m, 8,000m and then take a deep breath and see if we can get to 11,000m."

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