China Steps Up Space Program

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 27, 2008 in Science |

Shown above is a bit of footage of the first Chinese space walk. I hope this winds up helping NASA, in fact last night during the Presidential debates the space walk was mentioned by Senator Barack Obama:

China space walk: Taikonaut’s ‘small step’ hailed as giant leap for the country
Waving a red national flag at the cameras, a People’s Liberation Army colonel stepped out of his orbiter 213 miles above the earth and into the hearts of his nation, becoming the first Chinese man to take a walk into space.

“It was “a small step by Col. Zhai Zhigang, but a historical leap in China’s space dreams,” the official commentary said, in a deliberate echo of Neil Armstrong’s words as he became the first man to set foot on the Moon. It was clear, the commentator said, that China was a latecomer to the space party compared to the United States and Russia, taking its “starting steps” several decades after its rivals.”

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