China's First Space Walker Back on Earth

Landmark mission ends on live TV in Mongolia
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2008 1:54 AM CDT
Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang walks outside the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft for a spacewalk.    (AP Photo/Xinhua)
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(Newser) – China's third manned space mission ended successfully yesterday when the Shenzou 7 spacecraft made a soft landing in Inner Mongolia, reports The re-entry vehicle descended beneath a giant parachute, a hatch opened and the happy astronauts clambered out. The flawless return to earth was broadcast live on television. The mission included China's first spacewalk.

"It was a glorious mission," said the astronaut who made the big walk. "We feel proud of the motherland."