Chinese astronaut gives lesson from Tiangong-1 space orbiter

Students at a primary school in Hefei, Anhui province, watch astronaut Major Wang Yaping give her live broadcast from the Tiangong-1 orbiter. Photo: AP

Welcome to Space Physics 101 - taught by three astronauts floating in zero gravity aboard the Tiangong-1 orbiter. This was the scene that greeted 60 million mainland students yesterday morning in a live broadcast from space.

Friday, 21 June, 2013, 4:44am

Video: China astronaut gulps water, mesmerises pupils from space

Students watch the live video broadcast of a space lecture in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese astronaut orbiting more than 300 kilometres above the earth’s surface delivered a video class to children across the country on Thursday, state television showed in a live broadcast.

Wearing a blue space suit, Wang Yaping, the second Chinese woman in space, demonstrated how a variety of objects – from a bubble of water to a spinning toy – behave in zero gravity.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Untelevised space docking signals focus on Mars and asteroids

The screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre shows the three astronauts waving hands at the Tiangong-1 space module as it docks with their Shenzhou-10 craft. Photo: Xinhua

Shenzhou X docked with the orbiting Tiangong I yesterday and three Chinese astronauts who had spent nearly two days in the cramped spacecraft moved into the much more spacious and well-equipped space module to live and work for 12 days.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment

China spacecraft Shenzhou successfully docks in orbit

The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts, docks with the Tiangong-1 module. Photo: Xinhua

Three astronauts, including China’s second woman in space, are spending 15 days in orbit as the country’s ambitious space programme reaches another milestone.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am