Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng interacts with Chinese-Swiss students

Jing Haipeng (R, commander) and Chen Dong (L), during a farewell ceremony on China’s Shenzhou-11 mission, Oct. 17, 2016. /CFP

Jing Haipeng (R, commander) and Chen Dong (L), during a farewell ceremony on China’s Shenzhou-11 mission, Oct. 17, 2016. /CFP

Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng held an online exchange with Chinese and Swiss university students on Thursday, as part of a China-Switzerland space science meeting aimed at boosting cooperation.

Jing Haipeng, chief of the Astronaut Corps and deputy director of China’s manned space program astronaut system, was the first Chinese astronaut to undertake three separate space missions in the crewed spacecraft Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11.

Former Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier also shared his ideas during this meeting. Claude was the first Swiss astronaut to have taken part in four space shuttle missions, including two servicing missions for the Hubble Space Telescope.

The two shared their experience of spaceflight and talked about their understanding and feelings of space exploration, unveiling the mystery of spaceflight and cosmic exploration for attendees.

They also shared their impressive space missions and experiences while interacting with Chinese and Swiss university students, inspiring and motivating young students to be passionate about science, pursue their dreams and explore the unknown.

The interaction was part of the online meeting on China-Switzerland space science and technology cooperation, co-sponsored by the China Science and Technology Exchange Center and the Swiss Museum of Transport, and brought together more than 100 participants from universities. , research and trade promotion institutes. agencies of both countries.

“I think the Chinese space industry has great good programs and can take the whole world to the next level. I think we are still missing a few pieces and pieces and good collaboration with the Chinese,” Martin Butikofer said. , director of the Swiss transport museum.

“I’m really pleased and impressed with the Chinese engineering and thinking…we need to learn from each other and move forward in this (cooperative exchange) direction,” he added.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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