Astronaut takes China's first spacewalk
大耳朵英语  http://www.bigear.cn  2008-09-30 21:33:15  【打印

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- A Chinese astronaut has completed his country's first-ever spacewalk as part of an ambitious program that is starting to rival the United States and Russia in its rapid expansion.

Zhai Zhigang waved to an external camera as he emerged from the hatch of the Shenzhou-7 spaceship on Saturday.

He later held a small Chinese flag, waving it in space.

Zhai returned to the interior of his capsule and closed the hatch after less than 20 minutes outside.

State broadcaster CCTV showed live images of Zhigang as he floated out of the orbiter module's hatch. "Greetings to all the people of the nation and all the people of the world," The Associated Press quoted him as saying.

Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly from the capsule to hand Zhai the Chinese flag. The third crew member, Jing Haipeng, monitored the ship from inside the re-entry module.

The three-man crew launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Inner Mongolia Thursday for a three-day mission, the highlight of which was Saturday's spacewalk.

The spacewalk paves the way for assembling a space station from two Shenzhou orbital modules, the next major goal of China's manned spaceflight program.

China became the third country to send people into space in 2003, when military pilot Yang Liwei circled the earth for 21 hours.

Its second mission -- in 2005 -- had two crew members and lasted five days.

The latest mission has dominated front pages of China's state-controlled media, knocking aside coverage of China's continuing scandal involving contaminated milk.

中国宇航员的第一次太空漫步

作为雄心勃勃的航天项目的一部分,一名中国宇航员完成了该国历史上首次太空行走,拉开了快速挑战美苏的序幕。

周六,当翟志刚从神州7号的太空舱现身的时候,他向着舱外的摄像机挥手。

随后,他拿着一面小的中国国旗,在太空中挥舞。

在外面呆了不到20分钟,翟返回了舱内,关上了舱门。

国家广播公司CCTV直播了志刚在舱外行走的图像。据美联社引用他的话说:“向全国人民,向全世界人民问好”。

他的同事刘伯明也从太空舱短暂探出来把旗子递给翟。第三名宇航员景海鹏在返回舱内监视着飞船。

这三名宇航员是于周四从中国北部内蒙古的酒泉基地发射上天的,周六的太空行走是三天航天行程中的高潮部分。

太空行走为从神州的两个轨道舱组装空间站铺平了道路。空间站是下阶段中国太空项目的主要目标。

中国军人飞行员杨利伟于2003年围绕地球飞行了21小时,使中国成为世界上第三个把人类送入太空的国家。

2005的第二次任务,两名飞行员在太空飞行了5天。

这次飞行行动占据了中国国家媒体的头版,把持续中的有关污染牛奶的丑闻甩在了一边。


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