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UPDATED: 20:50, May 28, 2005
Chinese astronaut candidates in training before mission
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Chinese astronaut candidates practice in a zero-gravity environment during a training session at an unidentified site in Beijing, May 25, 2005. Some 14 Chinese astronauts, including the country's first man to orbit the earth Yang Liwei, are undergoing intensive training to prepare for the upcoming space flight, expected to take place this autumn, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency. Only two of the 14 astronauts will have a chance to orbit the earth for five or six days with the Shenzhou VI spaceship, Xinhua said. (PLA Daily)

An astronaut candidate is in training in an unspecified site in Beijing recently. (PLA Daily)

Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, talks to Chinese scientists in white as two astronaut candidates in spacesuit listen during a training session in an unspecified site in Beijing recently. Yang, Zhai Zhigang and Nie Haisheng are the first to take part in the intensive training. (PLA Daily)

An astronaut candidate, seen in the screen on top, is taking part in a microgravity training in an unspecified site in Beijing recently. (PLA Daily)

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