Report: China Aims for 2008 Space Walk

China delays Shenzhou-7 to 2008 

China is aiming for its third manned flight next year with two astronauts making space walks, a state-run newspaper reported Monday.

The Beijing Morning Post quoted Huang Chunping, chief consultant for China’s manned launching vehicle system, as saying the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft would be ready this year. However, work was still being done on the suit the astronauts would wear on the space walk.

“The main reason for the delay is that we wanted to be able to carry out the space walk completely dependent on our self-ability,” Huang said.

Three astronauts will go into space and two of them are expected to make space walks, Huang was quoted as saying. He said no decision had been made on how long the walks would be.

More info:  Associated Press

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