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MISSION UPDATE: Chinese Spacewalk Underway

Spacewalk Underway
27 September 2008 4:42 a.m. EDT

Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang has opened the hatch of his Shenzhou-7spacecraft to officially begin China?s first spacewalk.

"I am in good shape," Zhai said.

He plans to conduct about 20 minutes of activities outside,including retrieving a scientific test from the spacecraft?s surface, as wellas releasing a small satellite.

Clickhere for a preview of today?s spacewalk.

-- Clara Moskowitz


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