26 July 2017
China will select its third group of astronauts this year, Yang Liwei, Deputy Director of China Manned Space Engineering Office said on 26 July.
The first and second astronaut groups were all previously airforce pilots. However, the selection of the third group will also include engineers who will be responsible for maintenance, assembly and other tasks, Yang, China's first astronaut, said at the opening ceremony of the country's inaugural astronaut photography exhibition. Photos taken by astronauts from different periods reflect the development of China's space exploration, he said.