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Taikonaut

"Taikonaut" is the word many in the media have used to describe Chinese astronauts including Yang Liwei, China's first man in space.

"Taikonaut" merges the Chinese word for space, "taikong," with the Greek word for sailor, "naus."

Chinese officials and news media, however, usually refer to the astronauts as "yuhangyuan" ("space navigator").

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