wo famous Russian deep-sea subs equipped with cutting-edge technology are exploring the depths of Switzerland's Lake Geneva. On Tuesday, two subs -- MIR-1 (Peace-1) and MIR-2 (Peace-2) have completed their first dive. The two vessels appeared above the water 30 minutes apart. "The dive went well. We plunged to a depth of 296 meters. Though the visibility was really bad -- about one meter," said Russian specialist Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia's Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, which owns the MIR submersibles. Up to the end of August, subs will dive daily into the depths of the second largest lake in Central Europe, on the Swiss-French border. They will test just how clean the water, consumed by thousands of Swiss and French every day, really is. The deep-water subs will also be collecting data on the geology and physics of the lake. Both subs are accompanied by more than 20 Russian scientists and specialists. Scientists from the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland and France are also involved in the research program.
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