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On This Day in Space! Sept. 25, 2008: China launches its third human spaceflight mission

On Sept. 25, 2008, China’s house program launched its third human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 7. 

Three astronauts blasted off within the Shenzhou spacecraft on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. They spent three days in orbit and carried out the primary ever spacewalk for the Chinese house program. 

Zhai Zhigang waves the flag of the People's Republic of China from space, as his crewmate, Liu Boming, peeks his head out of the hatch.

Zhai Zhigang waves the flag of the People’s Republic of China from house, as his crewmate, Liu Boming, peeks his head out of the hatch in the course of the Shenzhou 7 mission. (Image credit score: CCTV/Xinhua)

The Shenzhou 7 crew additionally deployed a mini satellite tv for pc known as Banxing, which was used to take photographs and movies of the spacecraft.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of expertise in science journalism. She has beforehand written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After finding out physics on the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate diploma in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com staff in 2016 as a employees author and producer, masking matters together with spaceflight and astronomy. She at present lives in Seattle, house of the Space Needle, along with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to discover the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and in search of darkish skies to gaze on the cosmos. 

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