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Five momerable moments in China's space probe

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-04-23 10:01 Comments

Five momerable moments in China's space probe

The video grab taken at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center on Sept. 27, 2008 shows Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang outside the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft during his spacewalk.[Photo/Xinhua]

First space walk

In 2008, China had its first spacewalker. Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang, who was then 42 years old, ventured out of the earth-orbiting Shenzhou-7 spacecraft on September 27 and became the first Chinese to leave a "footprint in the universe."

China thus became the third country in the world after the United States and the Soviet Union to be capable of spacewalk.

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