Moscow, March 20, Interfax - Russian expedition to the Marianna Trench plans to collect the first in history soil samples from its bottom, one of participants traveler and priest Feodor Konyukhov told the journalists.
"I was in Honolulu, and scientists of the International Ocean Institute say that there are two tectonic platforms: we need to take stones from one platform, and soil from the other. It will mean more for science than even to take soil from the Moon, we have the goal to dive and take the stones," Konyukhov said answering Interfax question.
According to him, earlier filmmaker James Cameron tried to take soil samples when he reached the bottom of the Trench, but his equipment failed.
Renowned Russian polar explorer Artur Chilingarov will become Konyukhov’s partner.
Members of the expedition plan to set up a Russian flag and an Orthodox cross at the bottom of the Marianna Trench.