24 April 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping encouraged the country's aerospace scientists and engineers to usher in a new chapter in aerospace development on Sunday, the first China Space Day. In an instruction to the occasion, Xi asked space scientists and engineers to "seize the strategic opportunity and keep innovating to make a greater contribution to the country's overall growth and the welfare of mankind." He also saluted all those who have contributed to China's aerospace development during the past six decades. "Becoming an aerospace power has always been a dream we've been striving for," Xi said.
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24 April 2016
CCTV tells the story of a young space engineer Zhang Yang, who was born and grew up in the town close to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. His parents have already been serving China's space programme since 1958. Now it is up to the next generation of space experts to lead China into the coming, modern phase of space exploration, making China a major space power.
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24 April 2016
China is open to space cooperation with all nations including the United States, the heavyweights of China's space program said on Sunday, the anniversary of China's first satellite launch 46 years ago. "China will not rule out cooperating with any country, and that includes the United States," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut. Payload has been reserved in the Chinese space station, due to enter service around 2022, for international projects and foreign astronauts, said Yang on the occasion of the first China Space Day, an annual celebration newly designated by the government. Upon request, China will also train astronauts for other countries, and jointly train astronauts with the European space station, Yang said. "The future of space exploration lies in international cooperation. It's true for us, and for the United States too," according to the senior astronaut.
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23 April 2016
Liu Wang, one of China's leading astronauts, visited a high school in Beijing Friday and shared his experiences ahead of April 24 celebrations of the launch of the country's first satellite 46 years ago. "Being an astronaut and exploring the space certainly made me feel proud, but before that, you must go through all the tough training and tests, and some unfortunately will sacrifice their lives," said Liu when recalling how he was selected. Liu was one of the crew of Shenzhou-9 which conducted China's first manned space docking in June, 2012. He was speaking to over 200 students at the Capital Normal University High School. Liu encouraged students to study science and technology well, to prepare for future aerospace studies.
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24 April 2016
China's first female astronaut explained that women have unique advantages in working in space. "Women's inherent patience, sensitivity and sympathy mean they are more likely to avoid conflicts, especially in cramped conditions of most spacecraft," said Liu Yang on 24 April, China's first "Space Day." "The world is made of two genders; space permits no exceptions. Space exploration would be incomplete without the participation of female astronauts, and China should never be left behind in sending women to space," Liu said. Asked what she has been doing since June 2012, Liu said she has never stopped training, "in order to be always ready for the next mission." In particular, Liu is eyeing a place on the Chinese space station. She is desperate to be on board what she described as "China's grand villa in space."
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24 April 2016
On the occasion of China's 1st Space Day, Chinese media published Chen Lan's proposal for a joint formation flight of the future Chinese Space Station CSS and the operational International Space Station ISS: "Chinese Space Station, how to overtake in a curve? - Proposal for taking leadership of human space flight by launching CSS into the ISS orbit".
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