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China's First Spacewalk Mission

Accompanying satellite begins orbiting Shenzhou-7 spaceship

Scientists successfully directed the accompanying satellite BX-1 to begin circling the Shenzhou-7 spaceship. Full story


China's first spacewalk mission


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Timeline of China's space industry

Starting from 1956, China's space industry has realized great achievements. Here is a timetable of the country's space industry.

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Who do you think will undertake China's first spacewalk?
Zhai Zhigang
Liu Boming
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