On May 4, 2022, thirteen Chinese researchers reached the top of Mount Qomolangma, carrying out the "Earth Summit Mission." High-precision radar was used to measure the thickness of snow and ice on the summit for the first time.
Chinese people's quest for Mount Qomolangma could be traced back to 1960, when three Chinese mountaineers, whose average age was 24, accomplished the task of conquering the world's highest peak from the challenging northern slope for the first time in human history.
In 1975, nine Chinese mountaineers reached the summit of Mount Qomolangma again. In this expedition, the summit's altitude was measured as 8848.13 meters, a truly remarkable height.
In 2008, the Olympic flame made its first trip to Mount Qomolangma, as 19 Chinese mountaineers brought the Beijing Olympic torch to the top of the world.
In the past decade, the purpose of the expeditions has been transformed from conquering the mountain to exploring it, with scientists conducting researches on the summit.
On April 30, 2020, the world's highest 5G base station started operating at the 6500-meter-high advanced camp of Mount Qomolangma, covering the peak with 5G network for the first time. In the same year, to measure the geodetic height of the mountain more precisely, China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was also applied here.
In addition, China completed the first high-precision gravity survey for the mountain. With state-of-the-art techniques, the distance from the peak to the global mean sea level has been measured as 8848.86 meters.
On the "roof of the world," Chinese scientists are committed to conducting researches and protecting the region, to learn more about the origin and development of the earth. (ECNS)
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