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First-ever Chinese Spacewalk (News) September 28, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in China, Current News, taikonaut, Youtube.

That is a full video of the first-ever Chinese spacewalk, conducted by the CNSA on September 27th (technically yesterday in the U.S., given the international date line).

The ‘taikonaut‘ (as Chinese astronauts are called) was Zhai Zhigang, a fighter pilot and son of a snack seller.

Clearly, this is an enormous (and particularly visible) step forward for the Chinese space program, and perhaps something of a wake-up call to the fact that the official language of the Moon could end up being Chinese. ;)

Below is a video with a translation of Zhigang’s comments, and a narration:


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