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Shenzhou 7 Astronauts In Good Health
by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (XNA) Oct 13, 2008


The three Shenzhou 7 astronauts are recovering well at medical facilities in Beijing's Space City.

The three Shenzhou 7 astronauts are reportedly recovering well after completing China's first spacewalk during the country's third manned space mission. They have been undergoing a series of physical examinations and rehabilitation in Beijing since returning to Earth on September 28th.

Back from their historic spacewalk mission, the three crew members of Shenzhou 7 have undergone a two-week preventive quarantine and rehab program. They are recovering well at medical facilities in Beijing's Space City.

Huang Weifen, deputy designer of Shenzhou 7 Mission, said, "From the results of the examinations, we can tell that the astronauts' physical conditions are very good. Their recovery is proceeding exactly as we expected, which shows that our preventive measures were effective. "

Scientists say the astronauts are also receiving physical, mental, and other forms of rehabilitation.

Huang Weifen said, "At the same time as the quarantine, we're also providing them with many kinds of rehab therapy. For example, massage, swimming, and other rehab training to help them to adjust themselves to the Earth's relatively high-gravity environment."

Scientists say potential health hazards in space include radiation, zero gravity, and the virus-free environment of the spaceship. But none of these dangers stop astronauts from pursuing their unique careers.

Huang Weifen said, "For the sustainable development of our careers, we must keep a certain number of astronauts in the squad. We are now considering the next astronaut selection plan, and other preparation works are undergoing."

Scientists say the three astronauts should be back to normal mobility after a one-month recovery period. When they are ready, they will appear in front of the public again and continue to train for future space missions.

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