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    China's Deep Sea Craft Videos Sea Life 5km Deep


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    Three crew members on board China's deep-sea submersible Jiaolong showed video footage they took of sea life more than 3 miles below sea level. The crew took the footage during a test dive on Tuesday.

    Crew members of China's deep-sea submersible took video footage and photos of sea life more than three miles below sea level during a test dive on Tuesday.

    The submersible, named Jiaolong, is capable of reaching more than 70 percent of the world's seabed, and a test dive of 7,000 meters is expected for 2012, according to authorities.

    Jiaolong is the world's first manned submersible designed to reaching such a depth, according to the craft's chief designer, Xu Qinan.

    Xu says the equipment on board Jiaolong is state of the art and its digital underwater communication system and undersea mobility system allowed the craft to move back and forth easily under the sea.

    The Jiaolong project began in 2002, and China is now the fifth country in the world to send a man 3,500 meters below sea level, following the United States, France, Russia and Japan.