Chinese astronauts, students from Beijing, Macau and Hong Kong in space-to-Earth interview on New Year’s Day

Three Chinese astronauts from the Tiangong space station had a video chat with students in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday afternoon, the first day of 2022.

The live space-Earth conference brought together around 500 young students at the three sites. The astronauts shared their space dream and their aspirations.

Astronaut Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou-13 mission, shared his experience with the young people and encouraged them to overcome difficulties and dangers.

“No matter how far we travel, the homeland is our greatest support forever. Love for the country always inspires us in space flights,” Zhai said.

Astronaut Wang Yaping expressed the hope that the Tiangong live class could guide more young people to look at the stars and sow the seeds of “the love of science, the pursuit of dreams and the exploration of the world. ‘unknown’ in their hearts.

Wang obtained the title of China’s first space professor after giving a televised science lecture during the Shenzhou-10 space mission in June 2013. During the Shenzhou-13 mission, she and the other two crew members also gave a talk in Tiangong in December 2021..

As China’s national space laboratory, the Tiangong space station is expected to play a unique role in encouraging the public, especially young people, to explore space and promote the scientific spirit.

“Despite the weightlessness in space, we feel firmly anchored in our hearts,” said astronaut Ye Guangfu, a newcomer to space.

With the support of space professionals, extensive training and valuable experience from aerospace predecessors, Ye said they have the confidence, determination and ability to complete the mission.

Tan Zuwei, a student at the School of Aerospace Engineering at Tsinghua University, felt deeply impressed by the astronauts’ passion for their dreams and the space cause. He said he was inspired by their spirit and would contribute to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Zhou Ting, a medical student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), felt lucky to ask the astronauts her question. “As a future doctor, I faced difficult studies and work, and sometimes I thought about giving up. But the astronauts gave me the courage to continue.

Qian Chunzheng, a freshman at Macao University of Science and Technology (MUST), said he feels the homeland concern for students in Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the development and progress of the spatial cause of the country. All of this reinforced their sense of pride and duty to the country.

“As we have our own space station right now, I think that in the future the Chinese will surely go further into deep space. As a student in Macau, I hope to contribute to the cause one day. spatial dimension, ”Qian added.

“Today’s event is a great gift sent to Hong Kong from our homeland. We are reassured! HKU professor Yeung Wai-Kwok said, adding that young people in Hong Kong should be down to earth, study hard, innovate and pursue their dreams with courage, in order to become “stars” in space exploration from the country.

A series of activities organized in Hong Kong and Macao fully demonstrated the attention of the central government. Young people in Hong Kong and Macau have realized they have ample space to fully exploit their talents, said Zhang Keke, director of the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences based at MUST.

During the video conference, the trio also showed people on the ground a display of paintings in the space station. Around 20 paintings drawn by teenagers from central and western China were on display in the exhibition.

Before the conference, Cheng Tangming, chief designer of the Long March-7 carrier rocket system, answered students’ questions and told them touching stories about how scientific researchers overcame difficulties and launched innovations.

“I feel very honored to be able to participate in this event, and I hope to do my part to contribute to the space dream of the students and help them to strengthen their confidence in the autonomy of the country in terms of innovation,” said Cheng. .

The activity, co-organized by the Hong Kong SAR Government, Macao SAR Government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government of the Macao SAR, the Chinese Manned Space Agency and the China Media Group, was broadcast live.

The three astronauts went to space aboard the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft and entered the space station on October 16, embarking on the country’s longest crewed mission to build the space station.

According to the plan, China will complete construction of the country’s space station by 2022, which is expected to provide long-term and consecutive manned stay. The crew will rotate in orbit.

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