Thursday, September 25, 2008

China prepares for space mission

Three Chinese taikonauts are ready to launch into space on board Shenzhou-7. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said on Thursday that the mission was part an effort to "explore and make peaceful use of outer space". The taikonauts, Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng, are due to lift off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China. The launch window was set between 21:07 and 22:27 Beijing time [13:07 GMT to 14:27 GMT). As part of the mission 42-year-old fighter pilot Zhai Zhigang will conduct China’s first space walk
[Xinhua / BBC / CNN].

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