China Sets High Standards for Next Group of Taikonauts

A taikonaut emerges from China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft after a successful orbital flight
A taikonaut emerges from China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft after a successful orbital flight

China conducts stringent tests of would-be spacemen
Xinhua

No scars, no history of serious illness in the last three generations of your family, and no tooth cavities — China imposes tough standards on its future astronauts.

They must be close to perfection to meet the standards set for the men and women who will lead China into outer space, Monday’s China Daily reported.

Officials from the No. 454 Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, was quoted by China Daily as saying that over the weekend they had already completed preliminary tests for candidates to carry out the country’s future space missions.

The hospital is one of the five medical institutions across the country conducting the second round of tests for its second batch of astronauts.

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