Young students from across China said they have been greatly inspired by the special lecture given by Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts, from the country’s space station held on Wednesday.
The educational session is the third one of the series aimed to inspire the younger generation to pursue science. Apart from Beijing, young students from three provinces – east China’s Shandong, central China’s Henan and southwest China’s Yunnan – also attended the space class in a virtual way.
In Dali City, Yunnan Province, some 100 primary and secondary students were selected for the rare opportunity. Yunnan is known for its ethnic diversity. In Dali, there are 13 long-dwelling ethnic groups, and representatives from all the groups were present.
During the around-one-hour livestreamed session, they first learned how the taikonauts – Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe – live and work in the experiment cabinet installed at the Wentian lab module. Following that, they watched several scientific experiments demonstrated in a micro-gravity environment, including some water-related phenomena. The students also followed along with the taikonauts to do some of the experiments to better understand the universe.
Some of them also got the opportunity to interact with the taikonauts by asking or answering questions.
Sixth-grader Mei Ziyan shared with the taikonauts how his thale cress seed from space had sprouted and grown.
“I’m very excited, because I have just seen taikonauts on TV before. It’s a great surprise that I could communicate with them face to face today,” the boy told CGTN. “And I benefited a lot from the experiments that we did by following along with the taikonauts.”