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Chinese taikonauts receive cash awards for space contribution

Source: Xinhua | 01-15-2009 10:22

Special Report:   Shenzhou-7 Manned Space Flight

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Three taikonauts, a Chinese term for "astronaut", were awarded 800,000 yuan (117,000 U.S. dollars) each on Wednesday by the Tsang Hin Chi Manned Space Foundation in Hong Kong.

Three taikonauts were awarded 800,000 yuan (117,000 U.S. dollars) each on Wednesday by the Tsang Hin Chi Manned Space Foundation in Hong Kong.
Three taikonauts were awarded 800,000 yuan (117,000 U.S. 
dollars) each on Wednesday by the Tsang Hin Chi Manned Space 
Foundation in Hong Kong.

The foundation issued the Special Contribution Awards to taikonauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming, and Jing Haipeng.

In 2003, Tsang, a business leader in Hong Kong, donated 100 million HK dollars (13 million U.S. dollars) to set up the foundation to honor people who made outstanding contributions to China's manned space program.

The first Special Contribution Award went to Yang Liwei, China's first taikonaut in space, in 2004.

Last year, the foundation awarded 15 million yuan to Chinese taikonauts, scientists and officials who had participated in the country's manned space program.