08 March 2021
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, a portrait of Zhang Yuhua, the Deputy Chief Commander of the Chang’e 5 and Tianwan 1 space missions, was published by the online portal shine.cn. Zhang Yuhua looks back at a 3 decades long career at SAST. After graduation in 1990, she was assigned to work at SAST, just when China’s manned, lunar and Mars space missions were beginning. “I was lucky to get in on the ground floor of China’s aerospace industry,” she said. Zhang encountered her biggest setback in 2014, when the six-wheeled Yutu 1 rover, designed by her team, malfunctioned on its second lunar day. She suffered insomnia for three days and cried alone in her room, she said.
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