APRNEWS: Taikonauts speak to African youth from space

APRNEWS – Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, who are on a six-month stay in orbit, shared with young Africans their life and scientific work in the space station.

The main venue of the event, titled “Conversation with Taikonauts”, is at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, while students from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia and South Africa participated in the dialogue from remote locations.

Emily Nangacovie, a science student from Namibia, had the opportunity to ask questions about the research they were doing as part of their mission.

In response, Mr. Cai that they focused “on studying the impact of long-term exposure to zero gravity on the health of astronauts and the corresponding protective measures, on the study of their behavior and abilities, and on the study of the use of traditional medicine in space”.

“And (we) also do experiments in variable gravity science, life science and ecology, biotechnology science, fluid physics and combustion science,” Mr. Cai.

“These experimental research projects will enable astronauts to live a healthy life and work with high efficiency in the space station and lay the foundation for future deep space exploration,” he explained.

Chen said they will “conduct extravehicular activities, in-orbit equipment maintenance, space application experiments, space medical experiments and station lectures, among other tasks.”

Yang Jun, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, said China will help train Namibian technicians in space technology and conduct space research together with Namibia.

Last year, three taikonauts aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carried a Namibian national flag into space. Two taikonauts had visited Namibia in 2019.

“We can see how fruitful China-Namibia space cooperation is,” Yang said, adding that the task of developing space technology rests on the shoulders of young people around the world.

Sayed Khalil, a young Egyptian who teaches Chinese at Cairo University, passed by and asked Liu about the challenge she faced to become China’s first female taikonaut and how she achieved her dream.

“In fact, in every walk of life there are exceptional women who are dedicated to their position. As long as we cherish our dreams, we will have power. As long as we aim high and work hard, we can unleash the potential of our intelligence and realize our dreams ,” Liu replied, thanking her family for supporting her in achieving her dream.

Mrs. Khalil, who has been to China three times, said she was inspired by Ms. Liu, who gave her hope that “women can accomplish a lot at the same time”.

“The conversation is actually very impressive,” she told Xinhua. “If we have a goal in our life, we must do our best and work hard until we reach it.”

The event in Cairo showed presentation videos about China’s development in space and the efforts made by the China Manned Space Agency (CSMA) to achieve current achievements.

Sherif Mohamed Sedky, Executive Director of the Egyptian Space Agency, hailed China’s progress in space and emphasized China’s contribution to Egypt’s progress in this field.

“We are working together on the design and construction of satellites, and together we are preparing special laboratories to test and assemble the satellites. So there is a great cooperation between Egypt and China in the field of space,” said Mr. Sedky to Xinhua.

“Egypt benefits greatly from this cooperation, thanks to the exchange of expertise and the large laboratories that are currently being established in Egypt in light of the Egyptian-Chinese cooperation,” he added, noting that such an event is an inspiring experience for Egyptians. youth.

Zhang Tao, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Egypt, said the event is not only a cultural exchange activity, but also a science and technology exchange and experience between China and Africa.

“Space exploration is a common dream of mankind. Egypt is an important African country, and its young people are eagerly waiting for more opportunities to explore the mysteries of space. I believe that this event will help young Egyptians to better understand China’s development of aerospace technology,” he said. Xinhua.

“China is ready to continue cooperation with Egypt to promote China-Africa space cooperation and make new positive contributions to deepen China-Egypt strategic cooperation,” Zhang said.

Source: Xinhua

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