Chinas report of astronauts first night in space a fake

September 26th, 2008 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, September 26 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, Chinas state news agency had published a dispatch from the countrys three latest astronauts describing their first night in space in the Shenzhou VII space craft before they had even left Earth, indicating that the agency had faked the report.

According to a report in the Telegraph, a message from the Chinese astronauts was released before the mission had even set off.

The article, by the Xinhua agency, described the Shenzhou VII space craft orbiting the Earth and outlined a conversation between the astronauts.

First-level measurment arrangement, said one taikonaut - the Chinese word for astronaut.

The article later described the reaction to a successful outcome of the mission.

Ten minutes later, the ship disappears below the horizon. Warm clapping and excited cheering breaks the night sky, echoing across the silent Pacific Ocean, described the article.

The Xinhua agency, which has sometimes been accused of carrying state propaganda, took down the story later on and blamed it on a technical error.

Chinas most ambitious manned space mission blasted off intent on providing the country’’s first ever spacewalk.

The latest test of Project 921, as its race into space is known, is the climax of Chinas defining year as an emerging superpower, coming on top of its hosting of the Olympic Games.

But, its Asian rivals Japan and India are also stepping up their space programmes, to say nothing of Americas own revived plans to return to the moon.

Next month India will launch Chandrayaan-1, an unmanned space module designed to map the resources of the moon and undertake an intense search for water on its surface.

It will also execute environmental stsudies and measure radioactivity on the lunar surface, officials said, looking for traces of radon, uranium and thorium.

The Shenzhou VII, by contrast, Chinas third manned mission, will conduct few scientific experiments and is largely meant to build the technical know-how eventually to build a space station and even put a man on the moon. (ANI)

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