02-25-2009 09:56

Shenzhou 7 was the third human spaceflight mission of the Chinese space program. The mission, which included an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) carried out by crewmembers Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming, marked the commencement of the second phase of the Chinese government's Project 921.

The graphic shows the 1st stage of the engine of the Shenzhou-7 spaceship shutting down. (Xinhua) 

The graphic shows the 1st stage of the engine of the
Shenzhou-7 spaceship shutting down. 

The Shenzhou spacecraft carrying the three crewmembers was launched September 25, 2008, by a Long March 2F (CZ-2F) rocket which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 21:10 CST.

The mission lasted three days, after which the craft landed safely in Siziwang Banner in central Inner Mongolia on September 28, 2008, at 17:37 CST.[2][4] The EVA carried out during the flight makes China the third country to have conducted an EVA, after the Soviet Union and the United States.


Editor:Yang Jie