on this day in space! sept. 25, 2008: china launches its 3rd human spaceflight mission

© Provided by Space Zhai Zhigang waves the flag of the People's Republic of China from space, as his crewmate, Liu Boming, peeks his head out of the hatch.

On Sept. 25, 2008, China's space program launched its third human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 7. 

Three astronauts blasted off in the Shenzhou spacecraft on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. They spent three days in orbit and conducted the first ever spacewalk for the Chinese space program. 

The Shenzhou 7 crew also deployed a mini satellite called Banxing, which was used to take photos and videos of the spacecraft.

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