July 20, 2006

From the state-run press, candor at last

Filed under: China,Travel — ricecracker @ 10:05 am

Following appeared today on the English website of the Party’s mouthpiece newspaper, People’s Daily:

Better not to piss in diaper in space, says China’s first spaceman

“Better not to piss in diaper,” said China’s first man in space, “Baby doesn’t like it, neither does an adult.”

Senior Colonel Yang Liwei of the Chinese astronaut brigade told a curious audience who questioned Yang about his experience in the country’s first space mission, Shenzhou-5, in October 2003.

So far, Yang and other two Chinese astronauts who flied the second space mission in October 2005, had never pissed in a diaper, though they all wore it at the time. There was a toilet in the spaceship, but it could not be used before the spaceship entered the orbit.

“Astronaut does a very hard job, but it is also a job that makes us feel very proud,” said Yang, at a seminar of the current 36th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly on Wednesday.

Full text of the article is here. The rest is just propaganda, although not without its amusements (To wit: “When the spaceship entered the outerspace, I saw my beautiful homeland,” he said to recall his first space mission, “I was shocked by the view”).

1 Comment »

  1. good red site!

    Comment by Sophia — August 19, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

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