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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chinese Shenzhou VII Launched!

The Shenzhou VII capsule soared into orbit atop a Long-March II-F rocket from the Jiuquan spaceport in Gansu province in the northwest of China this morning in what may prove to be yet another milestone in the developing Chinese space program.

Zhai Zhigang, 42, will conduct his extra-vehicular activity (EVA) on either Friday or Saturday. Chinese media report that this latest mission is the "most critical step" in the country's "three-step" space program. These stages are: sending a human into orbit, docking spacecraft together to form a small laboratory and, ultimately, building a large space station.

More from the National Geographic News, the BBC, Christian Science Monitor, and Xinhua News Agency.

1 comment:

andy said...

Finally China will make a great achievement through Shenzhou VII. The first time for Chinese walk in space