First dive to the North Pole sea floor
Last updated: September 14, 2017 at 3:55 am
Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, parliamentarian Vladimir Gruzdev, and a MIR 1 pilot, placed a titanium Russian flag on the North Pole sea floor during the Arktika 2007 expedition on August 7, 2007 – Depth: 4,261 m (13,980 ft). MIR 1 spent eight hours and 40 minutes submerged. It took 2.5 hours to reach the sea floor and the last 40 minutes were spent hunting for a break in the ice. MIR 1 was followed by MIR 2 to the bottom. Three of the expedition members, Anatoly Sagalevich, Yevgeny Chernyaev and Artur Chilingarov, were awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation in 2008.