Space Station Crew Conference Thursday

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Screen image captured at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, on October 16, 2021, shows three Chinese astronauts, Zhai Zhigang (C), Wang Yaping (R) and Ye Guangfu, waving after entering in the central module of the Tianhe space station. [Photo/Xinhua]

Crew members of China’s Shenzhou XIII mission are scheduled to give a space lecture Thursday afternoon from the orbiting Tiangong space station to students around the world, the Chinese Manned Space Agency said on Monday.

He said the three astronauts – Major General Zhai Zhigang, Senior Colonel Wang Yaping and Senior Colonel Ye Guangfu – will open the first conference of the Tiangong class, or Heavenly Palace class, Thursday at 3:40 p.m. broadcast live to the public. around the globe.

They will show viewers how they live and work inside the space station and then perform experiments to display interesting physical phenomena in space such as “vanishing buoyancy” and a “water ball”. They will also answer viewers’ questions at the end of the live-streamed event, the agency said.

The activity aims to disseminate knowledge about human spaceflight and to generate enthusiasm among young people for science. The astronauts “sincerely invite young viewers to conduct similar experiments with them to observe the physical disparities between space and terrestrial environments in order to experience the pleasure of exploration,” the agency said.

Student groups invited to Beijing, Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Wenchuan in Sichuan Province, as well as Hong Kong and Macao will participate in video chats during the conference, he said. indicated.

The agency said last week that the conference “will mark the launch of the Tiangong class, China’s first alien conference series to popularize space science.” He added that the lectures will be based on the country’s human spaceflight and will be presented by Chinese astronauts. Equipped with interactive teaching, the activities will mainly target young people.

The Shenzhou XIII mission was launched on October 16 by a Long March 2F carrier rocket that took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, northwest China, with the crew soon entering Tiangong station. They are expected to spend six months working at the station, making it China’s longest manned space mission.

The agency said that as a national space laboratory, Tiangong is also responsible for promoting and spreading scientific and technological knowledge. The orbiting outpost has abundant and unique educational resources and has advantages when it comes to encouraging the public, especially young people, to embrace science and space exploration, he said. declared.

Thursday’s event will be Wang’s second time attending a space conference. During the Shenzhou X mission in June 2013, she gave the country’s first space conference inside an experimental space station module to more than 60 million Chinese students.


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