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Chinese engineers present new spacesuit

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:38 am
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MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – Chinese spaceflight research specialists have presented a new domestically created spacesuit to be used in spacewalks by the country’s astronauts, the China Daily said Thursday.

The spacesuit weighs 120 kilograms, and each model will cost about 30 million yuan ($4.4 million) to produce, the state-run paper said.

“The extravehicular spacesuit is now on board the Shenzhou VII at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center,” the article said.

The Shenzhou VII, China’s third manned spacecraft, will be launched on September 25 from northwest China with three astronauts on board.

The first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut, to be carried out by 42-year-old fighter pilot Zhai Zhigang, will be broadcast live on national television.

Copyright 2008 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

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