Cul­ti­vat­ing in­ter­est among the pub­lic is key mis­sion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY Liang Shuang con­trib­uted to this story.

In the Na­tional Li­brary of China, more than 200 peo­ple reg­is­tered re­cently for a lot­tery. This time though the prize was not money but to at­tend an in­tro­duc­tory course on aero­space tech­nol­ogy.

They knew that only about half their num­ber could win en­try and while some might ben­e­fit with late calls for no-shows, the un­lucky ones ac­cepted that they would have to try their luck an­other time.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers, 90 per­cent of the au­di­ence were am­a­teurs ea­ger to learn more about aero­space tech­nol­ogy.

But one man, Xu Yang is a turbo-elec­tric en­gi­neer and knows more than most about the tech­nol­ogy. He has fol­lowed ev­ery ma­jor step of China’s aero­space de­vel­op­ment.

“I have al­ways been keen on aero­space de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially its progress in China,” saidXu. “I guess part of the rea­son is that what I do con­nects with aero­space.”

I sin­cerely hope the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy used in space can bet­ter ben­e­fit daily lives, es­pe­cially in life sci­ences”

Xu Yang, turbo-elec­tric en­gi­neer

Ac­cord­ing to Xu, some of the tech­nol­ogy used in rocket propul­sion is also used for gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity.

“I’ve been fol­low­ing the in­dus­try since the very first Chi­nese satel­lite made it into space,” said Xu.

“I’ve watched the pro­gres­sion, in­clud­ing the Long March rock­ets, the Shen­zhou ships and Tian­gong space lab­o­ra­to­ries.

“I have vis­ited the space cen­ter in Hous­ton and the air and space mu­se­ums in Beijing,” Xu added. “Af­ter wit­ness­ing the de­vel­op­ment of aero­space in China, I sin­cerely hope the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy used in space can bet­ter ben­e­fit daily lives, es­pe­cially in life sci­ences.”

For many, their pas­sion comes from books.

“Al­most all my early knowl­edge about aero­space came from a set of books en­ti­tled En­cy­clo­pe­dia for Chi­nese Chil­dren,” said Wu Yirui, a 25-yearold grad­u­ate.

“When I was young, my fam­ily couldn’t af­ford the whole set of four. My par­ents bought me two, one be­ing the vol­ume on science and tech­nol­ogy. I used my knowl­edge for as­sign­ments and graph­ics inmy ele­men­tary school,” said Wu.

“I be­came a fan of the mil­i­tary and aero­space in those school days.”

This is the type of fer­tile breed­ing ground that sci­en­tists and science teach­ers want to see. Young peo­ple get­ting in­ter­ested and keep­ing their pas­sion as they en­ter col­lege.

“Frankly, money is not ex­actly what we lack in terms of the de­vel­op­ment of aero­space tech­nolo­gies,” said Pang Zhi­hao, a re­searcher at China Academy of Space Tech­nol­ogy and a firm be­liever in spread­ing knowl­edge of science.

“It’s the tal­ents with cre­ative minds that we need the most.”

“We hope to plant the seed of science in them. Who knows? They or their chil­dren may be­come space sci­en­tists one day,” said Pang.

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