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November
'Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission' starts today

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The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, and China's first taikonaut, Mr Yang Liwei, officiated at the opening ceremony of the "Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission" at the Hong Kong Science Museum today (November 1).

Other officiating guests included the Leader of the Delegation of the First Manned Space Mission of China to Hong Kong and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of China Manned Space Engineering Headquarters, Mr Hu Shixiang; the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr Gao Siren; the Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR, Mr Wu Hailong; the Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong, Major General Wang Yufa; and the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping.

Running from 10.30am today until 3pm on Tuesday (November 4), the exhibition features the Chinese manned space program, the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft and the training of taikonauts. The public can view the re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft, the Shenzhou-5 landing parachute, the taikonaut's spacesuit, samples of meals given to taikonauts in space and models of rockets and spacecraft.

The response to the exhibition has been overwhelming. About 60,000 free tickets were distributed at Leisure and Cultural Services Department's 18 venues. About 27,000 tickets for midnight sessions were later added and were all snapped up.

Visitors can also enter a lucky draw with their admission tickets to win an exhibition poster autographed by Yang Liwei.

The exhibition is presented by the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of HKSAR and the China Manned Space Engineering Headquarters. It is organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the China Manned Space Engineering Office and The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, in association with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, The Beijing Space Medicine & Medical Engineering Research Institute and the China Aerospace International Holdings Limited. It is sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. For further details of the exhibition, please visit the Science Museum's website at http://hk.science.museum. For enquiries, please call 2732 3232.

Ends/Saturday, November 1, 2003

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