Chinese taikonaut begins spacewalk (Lead)

September 27th, 2008 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 27 (Xinhua) Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang slipped out of the orbital module of Shenzhou-VII spacecraft Saturday afternoon, starting China’s first spacewalk or extravehicular activity (EVA) in outer space. Donning a $4-million homemade Feitian space suit, Zhai waved to a camera mounted on the service module after pulling himself out of the capsule in a head-out-first position, the video monitor at the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre (BACC) showed.

“I here greet the Chinese people and people of the world,” the 42-year-old taikonaut reported to ground control.

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