The Chinese do it again! They managed to place a man into orbit in 2003 and then two in 2005 onboard spaceships Shenzhou ("divine vessel" ) 5 and 6. And last Saturday, they achieved their first space walk.
Actually, more than walking, taikonaut - from Chinese taikong, space - Zhai Zhigang stepped out of Shenzhou 7 and floated around it, fastened by cables, for 13 minutes. He waved the Chinese flag, sent a patriotic message on TV and recovered an experiment on solid lubricants that was outside the capsule.
The mission, lasting 68 hours - on Sunday, the ship with its crew of 3 people, landed on a parachute in
Sensationalism, exaggeration? Information about the flight was not free of manipulation: state news agency Xinhua sent a bulletin reporting the successful launch on Thursday 25 in the morning, even giving details -hours before the launch!
But the truth of the matter is that
The Chinese space program was started more than 30 years ago. Zhigang used a space suit made in
Could something like this happen in México? I doubt it: although, between 1995 and 96, UNAM (
HMexicans have a saying about a china man that "just stands looking"... maybe it would have to change: the one who stays just looking is mexican, not chinese.
(translated by Adrián Robles Benavides)
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