China will launch its third manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Thursday a spokesperson with China\'s manned space program said on Wednesday.
The first Chinese astronaut is likely to walk in space around 4:30 pm on Friday a day after spacecraft Shenzhou VII lifts off the commander-in-chief of the mission\'s ground operation has said.
The historic moment will be broadcast live across the world and the space environment is expected to be fine for the mission.
The Shenzhou-7 carrying three taikonauts will be launched on a Long-March II-F carrier rocket and then moved into orbit at an altitude of 343 kilometers.
On September 25, China will launch the third manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 at Jiuquan satellite base, and will conduct China's first space walk.
China's first spacewalk is expected to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, the second day after Shenzhou 7 lifted off, the ground flight control chief said.
This historic moment will be broadcast live all over the world. It is expected that the space environment will be very good during the spacewalk.
Shenzhou 7, carrying three astronauts. It will be launched by the long march 2F carrier rocket to an orbit 343 kilometers from the ground.
Zhai Zhigang a reserve for the Shenzhou V and VI missions is poised to become China\'s first spacewalker reports have said.
It is said that Zhai Zhigang, who has been selected into the Shenzhou plan twice, is most likely to take the first spacewalk in China's aerospace industry.
The most likely takeoff time for Shenzhou VII is 9:10 pm on Sept 25 the website said.
It is understood that Shenzhou 7 will take off from 8 to 9 p.m. on the 25th of this month.
Zhai is expected to conduct a 40-minute spacewalk
The spacewalk will take about 40 minutes.
Two astronauts who are scheduled to perform the extravehicular activities (EVA)will each wear the Orlan and the Fetian suit and Russian experts will provide technical support for the process。
The two astronauts entered the orbital module in Chinese and Russian extravehicular spacesuits respectively. Russian experts will provide technical support.
All six members of the Shenzhou VII mission belong to China\'s first generation of 14 astronaut candidates selected in 1998.
All six members of Shenzhou 7 are 14 first generation astronauts selected from 1998.