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Yang Liwei's training spacesuit on display at Science Museum

The training spacesuit of China's first taikonaut (astronaut) Yang Liwei, and two large satellite images of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta taken by the China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite 1 will be on display at the Hong Kong Science Museum from tomorrow (December 24) to February 20, 2004.

Also on display will be the stamps and covers commemorating China's first manned space mission, several videos on the launch of the Shenzhou spaceship and the development of China's manned space project, as well as other memorabilia from previous exhibitions devoted to China's space project.

On October 31, the Delegation of the First Manned Space Mission of China arrived in Hong Kong for a six-day visit. On departure, they gave Hong Kong many valuable presents, including Yang's training spacesuit and satellite images of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. The presents have become part of the collection of the Science Museum.

To commemorate China's first manned spaceflight, these presents are being shown in a free exhibition, "China's First Manned Space Mission Exhibition II - Gifts for Hong Kong".

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition today (December 23), the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, noted that since the first manned space flight in mid-October and the subsequent visit of the delegation, Hong Kong people's passion for aerospace science had grown.

"To help the public understand China's space programme, the Science Museum stayed open for 76 hours straight during the first exhibition on the manned space mission.

"The achievements of aerospace science and technology in China and the visit of the delegation remain alive in the memories of many Hong Kong people. It is hoped that this passion can be sustained in different ways," said Mr Ho.

The training spacesuit of Yang Liwei, embroidered with China's National Flag and the emblem of the Shenzhou space mission, is the star exhibit.

The two large satellite images of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta taken in 1999 and during the period between November 20, 1999 and November 13, 2002 have enabled scientists to analyse the environment of the two regions.

Among the commemorative stamp albums on display, the one produced by the China Manned Space Engineering Office is especially significant. It includes an on-board cover, a launching cover and a retrieval cover to mark the launch of the Changzheng-2F rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

A number of videos will be on show, including footage of the launch of the Shenzhou spaceship produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, images from the satellite image albums captured by the China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite, footage taken by Yang Liwei while in orbit, a DVD on the history of China's space programme produced by the China Manned Space Engineering Office, and photos and videos of the highlights of the opening of the Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission in Hong Kong.

To mark the donation of the training spacesuit of Yang Liwei to Hong Kong, Dr Stanley Ho, Mr Lim Por Yen, Mr Wilfred Ng and Mr Raymond Lee have donated $5 million to the Community Chest.

The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. It is open from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year. It will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve.

For enquiries, please call 2732 3232 or visit the Science Museum's website at .

Ends/Tuesday, December 23, 2003
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