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Published:June 15th, 2006 10:48 EST
A United Nations Flag That Accompanied China's First Manned Space Flight

A United Nations Flag That Accompanied China's First Manned Space Flight

By SOP newswire

 

A United Nations flag that accompanied China`s first manned space flight was today formally installed at the UN space exhibit in Vienna, as a symbol of the international goal of fostering purely peaceful activities in regions outside the earth`s atmosphere.

In an unveiling ceremony at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Antonia Maria Costa, Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna, said that given Chinese cooperation with other nations in space technology, the 2003 journey of Colonel Yang in the Shen Zhou V spacecraft was not only one giant step for China, it was a commitment " manifested by the UN flag   " to use outer space for peaceful purposes and for the betterment of all humankind. "

The ceremony was co-organized by the Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA)  and  the  Permanent  Mission of China to the UN  in Vienna, in coordination with the current session of  the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer  Space  (COPUOS).