China Rocket Launch

Nation to attempt first spacewalk

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    Sept. 29: Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang, center, Liu Boming, right, and Jing Haipeng wave during the welcome-back ceremony at the space program headquarters in Beijing's north suburbs. The three Chinese astronauts, who successfully completed a space journey Sunday, came back to Beijing Monday morning.

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    Sept. 28: Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang waves after getting out of Shenzhou-7 re-entry module following its landing in Siziwang Banner in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Zhai conducted the country's first-ever spacewalk during the mission.

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    Sept. 27: Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming, aboard Shenzhou 7, talk to Chinese President Hu Jintao, in Beijing.

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    Sept. 27: Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang walks outside the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft for a spacewalk.

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    Sept. 27: Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang walks out of the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft for a spacewalk.

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    Sept. 27: Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang walks out of the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft for a spacewalk.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: The Shenzhou 7 manned space craft ignites for launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: The Shenzhou 7 manned space craft launches from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province. China launched the space craft that will put a crew of three men into space, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: The Shenzhou 7 manned space craft launches from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province. China launched the space craft that will put a crew of three men into space, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Observers watch the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest Gansu province. China launched Thursday a space craft that will put a crew of three men into space, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Observers watch the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest Gansu province. China launched Thursday a space craft that will put a crew of three men into space, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk.

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    Chinese astronauts Liu Boming, Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng salute during a ceremony before the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest Gansu province.

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    Aug. 23, 2008: Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang, center, Liu Boming, right, and Jing Haipeng, left, wave in the cabin during training at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu province.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Crowds watch on a large screen in Beijing as China's Shenzhou 7 manned spacecraft lifts off. A three-man crew lifted off from the Jiuquan launch site in western China on the country's third manned space mission, with its first spacewalk scheduled either Friday or Saturday.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: A Chinese girl watches the Shenzhou 7 manned space craft launches from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, which is reflected on a windscreen, in Beijing. China launched the space craft that will put a crew of three men into space, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Crowds watch on a large screen in Beijing as China's Shenzhou 7 manned spacecraft lifts off for a planned spacewalk mission.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Crowds watch on a large screen in Beijing as China's Shenzhou 7 manned spacecraft lifts off. A three-man crew took off from the Jiuquan launch site in western China on the country's third manned space mission.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming attend a send-off ceremony before the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng during a send-off ceremony before the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng wave at the setting-out ceremony at the astronauts' apartment compound of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

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    Sept. 25, 2008: Chinese astronauts Liu Boming, Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng stand near a giant picture of China's first astronaut Yang Liwei during a ceremony before the launch of the Shenzhou 7 space craft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

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    Sept. 24, 2008: The Shenzhou-7 crew meets reporters behind a thick wall of glass.

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    Sept. 24, 2008: The crew of China's next manned space mission at an official ceremony.

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    Sept. 20, 2008: The Shenzhou-7 spaceship, the Long-March II-F rocket and the escape tower are transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

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    Sept. 20, 2008: The Shenzhou-7 spaceship and Long-March II-F rocket move to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China's Gansu province.

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    Technicians work on joining the Shenzhou-7 crew vehicle to the Long-March II-F rocket at an assembly plant.

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    Technicians mate the Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship to the Long-March II-F rocket at an assembly plant.

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