Chinese female taikonaut to give second lesson in space

(Xinhua) 13:32, October 15, 2021

Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping meets the press at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Oct. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Ju Zhenhua)

JIUQUAN, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese female taikonaut Wang Yaping will give a lesson while in orbit during the Shenzhou-13 mission, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced on Thursday.

It will be the second time for the taikonaut to broadcast a live lecture in space, deputy director of the CMSA Lin Xiqiang told a press conference ahead of the Shenzhou-13 launch, scheduled for 12:23 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Saturday.

Wang earned the title of China's first space teacher after delivering a televised science lecture to an audience of over 60 million schoolchildren during the Shenzhou-10 space mission in June 2013.

According to Lin, Wang will also carry out extravehicular activities during the Shenzhou-13 mission, a six-month stay in space. It will make her the first Chinese woman to leave footprints in the universe. 

(Web editor: Shi Xi, Hongyu)


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