- Rocket launch described before it takes off
- Detailed dialogue between astronauts included
- Story posted due to "technical error"
CHINA'S leading Xinhua news agency reported the successful flight of the
Shenzhou VII - complete with detailed dialogue between the astronauts -
hours before the nation's third-ever manned space mission had even lifted
On Thursday morning, Xinhua posted a story on its website saying
the Shenzhou capsule had been successfully tracked flying over the Pacific Ocean
even though the rocket and its three astronauts had not yet been launched.
The article, dated September 27, described the rocket in flight,
complete with a sharply detailed dialogue between the three astronauts.
Excerpts are below:
"After this order, signal lights all were
switched on, various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians
staring at the screens, without missing any slightest changes ...
minute to go!' 'Changjiang No.1 found the target! ...
"The firm voice of
the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured
12 seconds ahead of the predicted time ...
"The air pressure in the
cabin is normal!
"Ten minutes later, the ship disappears below the
horizon. Warm clapping and excited cheering breaks the night sky, echoing across
the silent Pacific Ocean."
An editor at Xinhau told AFP that the story
had been posted due to a technical problem.
"We dealt with it after we had found it," the editor said.
Shenzhou VII was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in
northwestern China shorlty after 9pm (AEST) Thursday.
expected to last three to four days, is devoted almost entirely to the execution
of the spacewalk, and is expected to help China master the technology for
docking two orbiters to create the country's first orbiting space station in the
next few years.