(120615) -- ABOARD XIANGYANGHONG 09, June 15, 2012 (Xinhua) -- China's manned deep-sea submersible, Jiaolong, is lifted to start its diving mission, June 15, 2012. China's manned deep-sea submersible, Jiaolong, made its first dive in the Mariana Trench on Friday, as part of a bid to go down as deep as 7,000 meters. The dive, which is the first of a series of scheduled six ones and began at 9 a.m. local time (2300 GMT Thursday), will attempt to reach a depth of 5,000 meters and last eight hours. (Xinhua/Luo Sha) (zhs)
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