Liu Boming (astronaut)

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Liu Boming
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Liu Boming speaking at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Born September 1966 (age 50)
Other occupation
Fighter pilot
Rank Lieutenant colonel, PLAAF
Time in space
2d 20h 18m
Selection Chinese Group 1
Missions Shenzhou 7
Mission insignia
Shenzhou 7 mission patch.png

Liu Boming (simplified Chinese: 刘伯明; traditional Chinese: 劉伯明; pinyin: Líu Bómíng; born September 1966) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot (4 star Colonel) in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an CNSA member in 1998.

CNSA career[edit]

Liu, along with Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng, was chosen to be the main crew of Shenzhou 7, with Zhai as commander, on 17 September 2008. On 25 September, at 21:10 CST, they launched into space as China's third human spaceflight mission, and the first Chinese mission ever to have a three-man crew.[1] Liu and Zhai participated in China's first-ever space walk.

Liu wore a Russian Orlan-M spacesuit, while Zhai wore the Chinese-made Feitian space suit. Liu remained in the open portal of the orbital module, assisting Zhai on his spacewalk; later in the space walk, Liu also performed a stand-up extra-vehicular activity, partially leaving the orbital module in order to hand Zhai a Chinese flag.[2]

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