Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chinese Astronaut on space walk

Airforce pilot Zhai Zhigang, 42, became the first Chinese astronaut (yuhangyuan) to walk in space as he emerged from his Shenzhou VII spacecraft and waved a Chinese flag on a 15 minute spacewalk broadcast live on national Chinese TV.

This is China's third manned space flight and a voyage of immense pride to the nation.

The first person to walk in space was Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov of the USSR in 1965.

The Shenzhou re-entry capsule will try to make a landing in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on completion of the mission.

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