Chinese TV news steals from Hollywood astronaut movie for news report 1

Chinese TV news steals from Hollywood astronaut movie for news report
JISHOU, HUNAN — Well, I started by writing a straight update on the latest Chinese space mission, now humming along nicely, thank you, when I stumbled upon yet another video copypasta by the state TV service, CCTV. In the midst of a CCTV news report, I caught a glimpse of scenes from what I think is a Hollywood movie. Here’s a couple of screencaps to show what I mean. Those two astronauts are not Chinese, and anyway, Shenzhou 9 has three astronauts, including China’s first woman in space. And the switches are in … English? CCTV News has done this kind of shameless uncredited cribbing (a national pastime here) before. Last year, eagle-eyed viewers realized a video clip of a fighter jet being blown up by a Chinese plane had actually come from the movie, Top Gun. Watch this report and see if you can identify the movie. It looks familiar, but I can’t place it. OK, now on with my report, now in progress… JISHOU, HUNAN — China is mighty proud of its three astronauts, two men and one woman, now orbiting 220 miles around Earth. CCTV International devoted nearly 40 minutes to a live feed of the automated ...

China sends first female astronaut on space mission

JISHOU, HUNAN –While the USA is busy retiring the remaining Space Shuttles, China is busy building up its human space flight program by leaps and bounds. This afternoon, it launched its first woman taikonaut and two male colleagues on a two-week-long test of an orbiting space module. Former fighter pilot Liu Yang 刘洋, 33, was recruited into China’s space program just two years ago. Her mission comes exactly 49 years after the launch of Valentina Tereshkova (now 75) of the former Soviet Union, who was the first woman in space and the first civilian. America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride (now 61), orbited in the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. Shenzhou 9 blasted off from China’s launch facility in the Gobi Desert on schedule at 6:37 pm local time. The launch was broadcast live on national TV, a sign of China’s confidence in its space program. (Of course, following the American, Russian and European space programs does give them an edge.) The three astronauts will test docking procedures with a test module, the 10.5 meter long Tiangong, and spend a about two weeks in Tiangong before coming back to the surface. Tiangong 1 (天宫 Heavenly Palace) was put in ...

Chinese spacewalk a success

JISHOU, HUNAN — I joined millions of people today in China to watch the nation’s first walk in space. Astronaut Zhai Zhigang’s 15-minute exit from the Shenzhou 7 capsule was televised live on national TV, and streamed live over the Internet. His official task was to fetch a sample of lubricant affixed to the outside of the spacecraft, but Zhai took time to wave at the camera, wave a Chinese flag and greet the people of China and the world. Click here to see the video. The spacewalk was at 4:30 pm China time, about ten minutes before my afternoon class ended, so I caught it midstream on a colleague’s computer. We munched on grapefruit and milk candies while Zhai floated 200 miles above the Earth. It reminded me of being a kid and watching American astronauts do the same thing 40 years ago. Shenzhou 7 was launched Thursday with a crew of three; it’s the first time in space for all of them. While the highlight of the mission was to test a Chinese-designed spacesuit in an actual EVA, the crew will also launch a small satellite before returning to Earth. It was yet another successful step in China’s ...
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