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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...

2008-09-26 09:00:13

Taikonauts to take traditional Chinese medicines in Shenzhou-7 spaceflight BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-7 astronauts will take traditional Chinese medicine in their spaceflight to treat motion sickness, doctor with the astronauts training center said on Thursday. The medicine, prepared in capsule forms, is called "Taikong Yangxin (space heart-nourishing) Capsule". It can be diluted with water and taken to treat motion sickness in the space flight, said Li Yongzhi,...

2008-09-26 06:00:14

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) - Astronaut aboard the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft, China's third manned spaceship, began to unpack and assemble the indigenous Feitian extra-vehicular activity (EVA) suit at 10:20 a.m. Friday in preparation for the first spacewalk. As of 11:51 a.m., the spaceship which blasted off at 9:10 p.m. Thursday at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gansu Province, has...

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2008-09-16 12:10:00

China space officials have announced the names of three astronauts who will carry out the country's third manned space mission. Zhai Zhigang, a 42-year-old fighter pilot, has been chosen to perform the country's first spacewalk. Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng will join him on the Shenzhou VII mission - set to launch on 25 September at 1310 GMT (2110 local time). The "yuhanguan" (astronauts) were making final preparations for the lift-off, according to the State-run news agency Xinhua. The...

2008-02-29 16:28:23

China has successfully tested the spacesuits and airlock to be used in its first-ever spacewalk during a spaceflight later this year, the nation's state-run media has reported. The spacewalk will take place during the Shenzhou 7 mission, China's third manned spaceflight, which is set to launch from Jiuquan, Gansu province, in October 2008, according to recent reports by the Xinhua News Agency and China Daily. "Both the airlock module and the extravehicular spacesuit passed the...

2007-10-23 20:07:18

HONG KONG -- A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched Wednesday. At the...

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2005-11-26 18:22:57

BEIJING -- China's top leaders honored two astronauts who spent five days in space with a military-themed ceremony broadcast live on television Saturday in an apparent attempt to rouse support for communist rule. Dressed in stiff army green instead of their bulky white spacesuits, Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Fei Junlong basked in the elaborate praise heaped on them by President Hu Jintao and other leaders at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "The fact that China...

2005-10-20 22:00:00

BEIJING -- A Chinese man has paid $100,000 for a 90-minute voyage that will make him China's first tourist in space, the China Daily said on Friday. Jiang Fang, president of a Hong Kong company that acts as the China agent for U.S.-based space tourism firm Space Adventures, would experience zero gravity on one of the company's sub-orbital flights due for launch in 2007, the China Daily said. That same year, China plans to launch its third manned space flight, which should include the...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

BEIJING -- China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. The two astronauts were in good...


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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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