Liu Boming (astronaut)


Liu Boming
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Liu Boming speaking at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
BornSeptember 1966 (age 54)
Space career
CNSA Astronaut
Previous occupation
Fighter pilot, PLAAF
RankMajor general, PLASSF
Time in space
2d 20h 18m
SelectionChinese Group 1
MissionsShenzhou 7
Mission insignia
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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 in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an CNSA member in 1998.

CNSA career

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]

After the spacewalk, Liu said in an interview that his inspiration and idols have always been Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin. [3]

See also


  1. ^ Hu, Yinan; Xin, Dingding (2008-09-26). "Shenzhou VII launched for 1st spacewalk". China Daily. Jiuquan; Beijing. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan (2008-09-29). "JSR No. 601 draft". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  3. ^ Wu, Bing; Sun, Dejun; Wang, Bing; Liu, Lifang; Zhe, Danzhu; Jia, Xubo (2008-09-24). "刘伯明:阿姆斯特朗是我的偶像" [Liu Boming: Neil Armstrong is my idol]. Retrieved 2018-08-09.

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