HK students pick brains of national aerospace experts

[来源:chinadaily.com.cn] 2021-06-25 20:02:52

Long Lehao, chief designer of China's Long March rocket series, gives a speech during his visit to the Pui Kiu College in Shatin on June 25, 2021. [Photo by Edmond Tang / China Daily]

"What's the view in the outer space? Can astronauts look directly into the sun?"

"I think they can always put on sunglasses when they look at the sun. I haven't been to the outer space. Maybe, in the future, you could be the one who tell me how is the view there when you become an astronaut."

That conversation happened on Friday at a Pui Kiu College in Shatin, Hong Kong, between a students and the 83-year-old veteran aerospace expert Long Lehao, chief designer of China's Long March rocket series.

This is just a glimpse of the spontaneous interactions between the youngsters from Hong Kong and a group of top-notch national aerospace brains, who are currently on their third day of public tour in the city.

Tens of hundreds of teenagers in Hong Kong got the rare chance to have close contact with the nation's top aerospace scientists, as the national delegation visited six secondary and primary schools on Friday,

In the morning, delegates delivered lectures in three Hong Kong schools – St. Teresa Secondary School, Pui Kiu College, and Queen's College. The scientists include Qi Faren, first chief designer of China's Shenzhou spaceship, Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e 4 probe project, and Long Lehao, chief designer of Long March rocket series.

Long Lehao, chief designer of China's Long March rocket series, gives a speech during his visit to the Pui Kiu College in Shatin on June 25, 2021. [Photo by Edmond Tang / China Daily]

St. Teresa Secondary School and Pui Kiu College held national flag-raising ceremony with the scientists.

Although it was raining, Zhang arrived at the St. Teresa Secondary School quite early. Upon Zhang's arrival, she was surrounded by enthusiastic students holding national flags, seeking answers of questions they were curious about.

Zhang received a special gift from the school –cards with her picture on them for her to sign. A cartoon shape inflated astronaut was placed on stage together with Zhang, during the interaction at the school's auditorium.

Zhao Xiaojin, vice-president of the China Academy of Space Technology who is heading the delegation, said during the exchange activity in Queen's College that he hopes the sharing of scientists could inspire Hong Kong students' interests in science and aerospace, and motivate them to contribute to the nation.

Other delegates will visit three more schools later in the afternoon. They include Xie Jun, deputy chief designer of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System, Sun Zezhou, chief designer of the Tianwen-1 Mars probe, and Hu Hao, chief designer of China's third-phase lunar exploration program.

Long Lehao, chief designer of China's Long March rocket series, gives a speech during his visit to the Pui Kiu College in Shatin on June 25, 2021. [Photo by Edmond Tang / China Daily]

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