December 14, 2013

Will China Have an Apollo Moment?

Sarah Cruddas, BBC News

The Associated Press

Huddled around television sets, a nation waits with baited breath as a spacecraft door is opened. Slowly an astronaut emerges, the blackness of space behind him. He gestures to the camera before edging his way out. A few moments later a flag is waved, red with gold stars on it. This is China’s first spacewalk – on 27 September 2008, China became the third nation to independently carry out what is known in space exploration as an EVA (extra vehicular activity). The man in the suit, Zhai Zhigang, joined Russia’s Alexey Leonov and America’s Ed White in the history books as his nation’s first space walker.

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