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"Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission" closed today

After an uninterrupted opening for 76.5 hours, the "Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission" held at the Hong Kong Science Museum was closed today (November 1). The exhibition received a total of over 103,000 visitors, of which 70% are ticket holders.

The spokesman for Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said today that the community had responded with tremendous enthusiasm towards the exhibition.

"They saw for themselves the re-entry capsule of China's first taikonaut Yang Liwei's Shenzhou-5 spacecraft and its parachute, Yang's spacesuit and meals for the space mission.

"The visitors are warmly inspired by the development of aerospace science and technology in China and they are also very proud of Yang's achievement.

"The exhibition has also made a great impact on our students and young people. Many of them have looked upon Yang as their role model and have decided to study hard and take a bigger interest in the studies of science and technology subjects. They also admire Yang for his strength and courage, well appreciating the very tough and severe training he has to go through as a taikonaut," said the spokesman.

The spokesman also thanked the participating organisations, including the presenters, the joint organisers and sponsor which had contributed to the success of the exhibition.

The exhibition ran from 10.30am on November 1 until 3pm today, and its admission was regulated by half-hourly sessions. In view of the enthusiastic response, the Science Museum extended for the first time the opening hours of the exhibition to overnight to allow more people to visit the exhibition.

The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Patrick Ho Chi-ping hosted a lucky draw at the Science Museum today. One hundred winners were drawn from the admission tickets holders. They will receive an exhibition poster autographed by Yang Liwei. Further notice will be given to individual winner.

The exhibition is presented by the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the China Manned Space Engineering Headquarters. It is organised by the Science Museum of LCSD, 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.

End/Tuesday, November 4, 2003
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