Liu Boming (astronaut)
Liu Boming (simplified Chinese: 刘伯明; traditional Chinese: 劉伯明; pinyin: Líu Bómíng; born September 1966) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an CNSA member in 1998.
Liu Boming speaking at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
|Born||September 1966 (age 52)|
|Fighter pilot, PLAAF|
|Rank||Major general, PLASSF|
Time in space
|2d 20h 18m|
|Selection||Chinese Group 1|
Liu, along with Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng, was chosen to be the main crew of Shenzhou 7, with Zhai as commander, on 17 September 2008. On 25 September, at 21:10 CST, they launched into space as China's third human spaceflight mission, and the first Chinese mission ever to have a three-man crew.  Liu and Zhai participated in China's first-ever space walk.
Liu wore a Russian Orlan-M spacesuit, while Zhai wore the Chinese-made Feitian space suit. Liu remained in the open portal of the orbital module, assisting Zhai on his spacewalk; later in the space walk, Liu also performed a stand-up extra-vehicular activity, partially leaving the orbital module in order to hand Zhai a Chinese flag.
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- Wu, Bing; Sun, Dejun; Wang, Bing; Liu, Lifang; Zhe, Danzhu; Jia, Xubo (2008-09-24). "刘伯明：阿姆斯特朗是我的偶像" [Liu Boming: Neil Armstrong is my idol]. People.net. Retrieved 2018-08-09.