As­tro­nauts’ snap­shots

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - SU DONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A photo ex­hi­bi­tion about Chi­nese space ex­plo­ration opened to the public on Wed­nes­day at the Bei­jing Plan­e­tar­ium, dis­play­ing nearly 100 pic­tures, the ma­jor­ity of which were taken by Chi­nese as­tro­nauts in space.

Most of the im­ages were be­ing shown in public for the first time.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Yang Li­wei, deputy head of the China Manned Space Agency and the first Chi­nese as­tro­naut in space, said: “We hope in­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple will pay more at­ten­tion to our coun­try’s space in­dus­try, and even join us through this ac­tiv­ity.”

Zhang Yulin, deputy head of the Equip­ment De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, said Chi­nese foot­steps to dis­cover the uni­verse would ad­vance at an even more rapid pace with the whole na­tion’s sup­port and the ef­forts of all en­gi­neer­ing staff, in­clud­ing as­tro­nauts.

The pho­tos in the ex­hi­bi­tion de­pict many lit­tle­known scenes in which Chi­nese as­tro­nauts are work­ing, rest­ing or do­ing some­thing else — such as the first Chi­nese selfie in space taken by Yang Li­wei in 2003, and other as­tro­nauts’ weigh­ing them­selves and do­ing tai chi in Tian­gong-1, the coun­try’s first space lab.

“I hope the ex­hi­bi­tion will arouse chil­dren’s in­ter­est in as­tron­omy and our coun­try’s aero­space de­vel­op­ment,” said Wang Feifei, of Jiangsu prov­ince, who viewed the ex­hi­bi­tion with her son.

Jiang Chen­g­long con­trib­uted to this story.

A selfie taken by Yang Li­wei dur­ing his Shen­zhou V space­craft mis­sion in 2003 is dis­played at a photo ex­hi­bi­tion on Wed­nes­day.

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