China on Thursday successfully launched a three-man crew into space where one of them will make the country\'s first spacewalk the country\'s most challenging space mission since first launching a person into space in 2003.
China successfully sent a three person team into space on Thursday, one of whom will take the country's first spacewalk, China's most challenging space mission since sending one person into space for the first time in 2003.
The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft China\'s third manned mission blasted off atop a Long March 2F rocket shortly after 9:00 p.m. (1300 GMT) under clear night skies in northwestern China. The spacewalk by one of the astronauts is expected to take place either on Friday or Saturday.
After 9 p.m. (13:00 GMT), under the clear night sky in Northwest China, Shenzhou VII, China's third manned project, was launched by the long march 2F rocket.
The mission expected to last three to four days is devoted almost entirely to the execution of the spacewalk known formally as an extra-vehicular activity or EVA is expected to help China master the technology for docking two orbiters to create China\'s first orbiting space station in the next few years.
The mission is expected to last three to four days, mainly for the implementation of the spacewalk mission. The official name of the spacewalk is "EVA", which will help China master the docking technology of two satellites and establish China's first space station in the next few years.
The two astronauts who don spacesuits for the Shengzhou 7 spacewalk will be supported by Russian experts throughout the mission. Only one will actually leave the orbiter module to retrieve scientific experiments placed outside. One of the astronauts will wear China\'s homemade Feitian suit while the other will wear a Russian-made suit.
Two astronauts in Shenzhou-7 spacewalk suits will be supported by Russian experts. Only one person will actually leave the capsule and experiment in space. One of the astronauts was wearing a Chinese made "flying" spacesuit, and the other was made in Russia.
Fighter pilot Zhai Zhigang an unsuccessful candidate for the previous two manned missions has been touted by the official Xinhua News Agency as the leading astronaut to carry out the spacewalk expected to last about 40 minutes.
Zhai Zhigang, an astronaut, lost the first two manned missions. According to Xinhua news agency, he is likely to carry out the spacewalk mission, which is expected to last about 40 minutes.
"The Shenzhou 7 mission marks a historic breakthrough in China\'s manned space program" Zhai said. "It is a great honor for all three of us to fly the mission and we are fully prepared for the challenge."
Zhai Zhigang said: "Shenzhou VII is a historic breakthrough in China's manned space industry. It is our highest honor that the three of us can go to space, and we are fully prepared to meet the challenges."