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2008-09-29 18:00:13

By STEPHEN WHITE THREE Chinese astronauts returned home as heroes yesterday after a 68-hour journey that saw their country's first space walk. Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng made a dusk parachute landing in their capsule in China's Inner Mongolia region. Some 300 waiting officials clapped and handed them flowers. Zhai, the only crew member to go on the 20-minute walk, said: "It was a glorious mission. I'm proud of my country." The trio will spend two weeks in quarantine....

2008-09-29 12:00:12

By Emma Graham-Harrison Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after a 68-hour voyage and a space walk that the country's leaders hailed as a major technological achievement. Their Shenzhou VII ("Sacred vessel") spacecraft parachuted down to the steppes of northern Inner Mongolia at dusk. Doctors rushed to open the capsule and check the men as they readjusted to gravity and recovered from the punishing re- entry. Zhai Zhigang, who walked in space, was the first to emerge and was...

2008-09-29 09:00:42

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2008-09-29 09:00:28


2008-09-29 00:00:15

By The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) - Chinese celebrated their nation's first spacewalk Saturday, gathering at outdoor TV screens to cheer live video of the milestone for a program that has ambitions of building a space station and challenging the U.S. and Russia in off-world exploration. Stoking national pride one month after the close of the Beijing Olympics, state television's coverage reflected much of the glory onto president and Communist Party leader Hu Jintao, who was present at...

2008-09-28 12:00:15

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Premier Says China Committed To Peaceful Exploration, Use of Outer Space"] Beijing, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said it is the Chinese people's persistent aspiration to develop the manned spaceflight technologies for the peaceful exploration and use of the outer space. "The successful mission marked a milestone and great leap forward of China's space technology...

2008-09-28 09:00:10

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Third Manned Spacecraft Returns After Landmark Spacewalk"] Beijing, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) - The Shenzhou-7 space module carrying three taikonauts landed safely by parachute Sunday afternoon in China's northern grassland, after a landmark spacewalk mission that leads the country further in its space exploration. Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming, and Jing Haipeng came back from a...

2008-09-28 09:40:00

On Saturday, a Chinese astronaut executed the country's first-ever spacewalk, a landmark in an impressive program with the country's intention of challenging the United States and Russia in a swift space expansion. The astronauts arrived home and exited successfully from their capsule on Sunday. Prior to the monumental event, Zhang Jianqi, a chief engineer for China's space program, said keeping three astronauts in the spacecraft and sending one outside, is a "big test". "This is a big...

2008-09-27 15:15:00

Text of report by Hong Kong-based news agency Zhongguo Tongxun She ["Beijing Observation" by contributing reporter Zhuang Jingqian: "Shenzhou VII Mission Brings About Subtle Adjustment to Three-Way Rivalry Among China, United States, and Russia"] Beijing, 27 Sep (ZTS) - Following the Beijing Olympic Games, the launch of Shenzhou VII has once again brought the attention of global media to focus on China. According to the analysis by Beijing observers, despite the fact that China is still far...

2008-09-27 12:00:18

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Spokesman Says Fire Alarm in Shenzhou-7 False, No Fire Breaks Out"] BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) - A fire alarm the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft reported during China's maiden spacewalk Saturday afternoon was false, said Wang Zhaoyao, spokesperson with the country's manned space programme late Saturday. The alarm sounded because of a sensor error, said Wang at a press conference. "We were quite...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Taikonaut -- Taikonaut is a term used for as-yet hypothetical astronauts launched by China. China has, as of 2003, conducted a number of unmanned launches of its Shenzhou spacecraft. On January 2, Shanghai aerospace centre director Yuan Jie announced that they were aiming to launch their first manned mission in the second half of 2003. The term was coined by Western media based on the term "taikong" (太空 in pinyin: tai4 kong1), Chinese for space. Compare to the term...

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