Home / China's 1st Spacewalk: The Shenzhou VII Mission / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Taikonaut 'walks' 9,165 kilometers in China's maiden spacewalk
Adjust font size:

China's first spacewalker Zhai Zhigang "walked" a total length of 9,165 kilometers in space during the country's maiden extra-vehicular activity which lasted about 20 minutes Saturday afternoon, according to experts' calculation.

That length equals about one fourth of the earth's circumference at the equator.

The spacewalk was broadcast live on television, with cameras mounted inside and outside the spacecraft.

Donning a 4-million-U.S.dollar homemade Feitian space suit, Zhai slipped out of the orbital module of Shenzhou-7 in a head-out-first position at around 4:43 p.m. (Beijing Time).

"I feel well. I am here greeting the Chinese people and people of the whole world," Zhai, who is having his 42th birthday next month, said as he climbed out of the craft.

He then waved a small Chinese national flag handed by colleague Liu Boming, who also briefly emerged near the hatch.

After fetching a test sample of solid lubricant placed outside the orbital module, Zhai safely returned inside the craft, and made China the third country in the world to stage a successful spacewalk after the United States and Russia.

(Xinhua News Agency September 27, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
Most Viewed >>
- Former Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian formally detained
- Eight-toe baby born in Guangdong
- Border policemen try on Type 07 winter uniform
- Serious differences in talks with envoys of Dalai
- Dalai's Middle Path: 'Tibetan independence' in disguise