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Thirty young astronauts return home after seven-day training

     Thirty local secondary school students who were selected to join the Young Astronaut Training Camp finished their seven-day training programme and returned to Hong Kong with the Curator of the Hong Kong Space Museum on Monday (August 9). The training programme was jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the China Astronaut Research and Training Center and the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

     Running from August 3 to August 9, the Young Astronaut Training Camp featured a series of enriching and comprehensive programmes for the students.

     Upon arrival in Beijing on August 3, the students took part in the rehearsal of the opening ceremony.

     Following the opening ceremony on August 4, the students began their foray into space science.  They visited the China Academy of Space Technology, where they saw the first Chinese artificial satellite Dong Fang Hong 1, various spacecrafts, communication satellites and the re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou spacecraft. Afterwards they visited the Beijing Aerospace Control Center to learn more about the training facilities for manned spaceflight, such as the centrifuge and the Extravehicular Activity Programme Training Simulator. In the afternoon they took part in a rocket-making course in which they launched their own model rockets.

     The young astronauts visited the National Astronomical Observatories on the third day (August 5) of the training camp. They learnt about the Chang'e lunar probe, viewed the lunar map transmitted by it and joined a popular astronomy lecture.

     In the afternoon the students began to get a taste of the training programmes designed for Chinese astronauts. After the instructors'introduction on astronaut training, the students tried the swivel chair, outdoor survival training, and the most exciting part, the escape survival training. In the evening, Professor Sun Jinyun from the China Astronaut Research and Training Center gave a lecture on manned spaceflight.

     The young astronauts continued their training on the fourth day (August 6). They practised donning and doffing of a spacesuit, savoured a wide variety of spacefoods and learnt how to prepare them, and underwent blood redistribution training as well as psychological training.  Finally they were required to show what they had learnt in an examination. In the evening they joined a welcoming party in which they had a great time with Chinese astronauts. The memorable evening concluded with the closing ceremony during which certificates were presented to the young astronauts.

     The young astronauts flew to Xichang on the morning of the fifth day (August 7) to participate in one of the highlights of the training programme: Visiting the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.  They saw the gargantuan launch complexes and gained an understanding of the massive workloads involved in a rocket launch.

     On the sixth day (August 8) they visited the Mission Command and Control Center and other cultural spots in Xichang. They boarded a flight to Chengdu in the afternoon and returned to Hong Kong on August 9.

     All the training programmes given to the students are part of the regular training designed for Chinese astronauts. To ensure their physical well-being, the students were given medical checks regularly during the training period.

     The training camp has not only enhanced the students'understanding of the training processes of Chinese astronauts, but also widened their horizons of knowledge. They all agreed that this was a precious and impressive learning experience.

     The Young Astronauts Training Camp was co-organised by The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture and the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre. It was sponsored by The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce.

Ends/Thursday, August 12, 2010


Chinese astronaut Fei Junlong explains in detail the design and components of a spacesuit to the young astronauts.


A young astronaut gets on the multi-functional swivel chair which is used to examine the vestibular functions of astronauts and their tolerance of vertigo and vigorous vibrations.


Young astronauts jump for joy in front of the No. 3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.




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