Taikonauts prepare for liftoff!

Trying on the Feitian EVA Spacesuit

The countdown has begun for tonight’s scheduled liftoff of the Shenzhou 7 mission, which includes the first EVA space-walk by Chinese Taikonauts. The intrepid crew will be wearing Chinese made “Feitian” spacesuits, appropriately named for the flying genii figures that are one of the most pervasive art motifs in China since their introduction from Central Asia some 1,500 years ago. Up up and away, Taikonoauts! See you after a few whirls…

Shenzhou 6 Mission