The first Chinese spacewalk is due to occur on Friday, according to the commander-in-chief of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft. As we have noted before, it will be broadcast live, though there will probably be some time delay, for expediency’s sake.
The countdown for Thursday’s launch has started. China’s third manned space flight comes just five years after its first, when the country joined Russia and the U.S. in the space club. Zhai Zhigang, an air force pilot, will make the walk, and, no doubt, unleash a fresh wave of patriotic pride.