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Chinese Astronaut Takes Nation’s First Spacewalk

China became only the 3 rd nation, behind the United States and the formerSoviet Union (Russia) who had sent people into space, though astronauts from other countries have joined the missions.

The space walk received live television coverage, and the man who performed the feat, Colonel Zhai Zhigang, radioed these calming words to President Hu Jintao and the Chinese people once he had finished his mission.


The Shenzhou-7 that carried the three taikonauts blasted off Thursday evening and flew 68 hours in space which included the 20-minute spacewalk on Saturday.

[Image courtesy /For more images – xinhuanet ]

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