Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chinese spacecraft heads toward orbit

The Chinese astronauts, left to right, Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming, attending a ceremony on Thursday before the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft. (Color China via AP)

The three-day mission is part of Project 921, China's ambitious manned space program, and is expected to include the first Chinese attempt at a space walk. Success would make China only the third country to accomplish a space walk, after Russia and the United States.

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