Pres­i­dent greets or­bit­ing as­tro­nauts in mile­stone video

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHENG YINGQI in Bei­jing chengy­ingqi@chi­nadaily.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping greeted two Chi­nese as­tro­nauts aboard the Tian­gong II space lab dur­ing a video call on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Xi asked about the phys­i­cal con­di­tion, liv­ing con­di­tions and work progress of Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong dur­ing the half­month they have been in space so far. The mis­sion will last a month.

“We are in good health. And our work is go­ing smoothly,” Jing said. “We can even watch live broad­cast­ing of Xin­wen Lianbo( CCTV’s flag­ship news pro­gram at 7 pm) on the space­ship with a smooth and clear pic­ture.”

He said the two are en­joy­ing bet­ter work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions aboard the space mod­ule, which is linked to the Shen­zhou XI space­craft, than their pre­de­ces­sors, adding, “We feel so proud of our coun­try.”

Xi en­cour­aged the as­tro­nauts to re­dou­ble their ef­forts

We can even watch live broad­cast­ing of on the space­ship with a smooth and clear pic­ture.”

and co­op­er­ate with each other closely to com­plete the mis­sion suc­cess­fully.

The Shen­zhou XI space mis­sion is China’s sixth manned space mis­sion. In the course of these mis­sions, tech­nol­ogy for ground-to-space calls has de­vel­oped rapidly.

Yang Yu, a CCTV com­men­ta­tor, said, “For the au­di­ence, the most im­pres­sive part about the space-ground calls is the emo­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion that was sup­ported by tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs.”

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