2008 September 27 Saturday
China Astronaut Space Report Before Lift-Off

Is this cool or what?

China's state news agency published a despatch from the country's three latest astronauts describing their first night in space before they had even left Earth.

The Xinhua agency, which has sometimes been accused of carrying state propaganda, took down the story and blamed it on a "technical error".

Shades of Capricorn One. But this isn't a movie. This is real life. Maybe Chinese propagandists got the idea from the movie?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 September 27 12:14 AM  China

Stephen said at September 27, 2008 3:08 AM:

Like any bureaucracy in this age of spin the bureaucrats no doubt had various contingency stories pre-written - one for triumph, one for tragedy etc. They're more western than we imagine!

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