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First Chinese astronaut walks in space

China is celebrating after astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese person to complete a spacewalk. Zhai climbed out of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft yesterday spending 13 minutes floating in space.

Pictures of the 41-year-old astronaut waving a Chinese flag were beamed live into homes all over the Asian Republic. The event was hailed as the finest hour in China’s manned space program since it started back in 2003.

Shenzhou VII is set to finish its orbit of the planet on Thursday with plans already being drawn up for the next mission. The People’s Republic long term plans include putting Chinese astronauts on the Moon before heading for our near neighbour Mars.

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