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Encyclopedia of China: Space Programs

I am, along with pretty much everyone at Berkshire, absorbed in final weeks of work on the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. And always one to make complicated things more complex, I have been adding articles at this late hour, mostly in the areas of technology, new media, and environmental issues, but dabbling here and there when other intriguing things come along. It was good to get confirmation that I’m on the right track today, when I spotted this article, “China Planning Its First Spacewalk.“Yes, one of the articles I’ve recently commissioned is a terrific overview of China’s space programs, which will be updated before we go to press. Maybe this will convince my wonderful team that there is some method to my editorial madness.

BEIJING (AP) — China will launch its third manned space mission in late September, featuring its first-ever space walk, a state news agency said.

The Shenzhou 7 launch is to take place between Sept. 25 and 30, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Saturday.

The spacecraft will be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province, the agency said, citing a spokesman from the center.

It will carry three astronauts into space, one of whom will conduct a space walk, the report said, citing Zhao Changxi, a senior scientist with the project.

The space walk will be broadcast live using cameras mounted on the inside and outside of the spacecraft, Xinhua said.

In 2003, China became the third country in the world — along with the United States and Russia — to send a human into orbit. It followed with a two-man mission in 2005.

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