Chinese Astronaut Makes Pakistani Girl’s Dream Come True
A 17-year-old girl, Aasiya Ismail, from Islamabad’s Model School for Girls had a chance to interact with a Chinese astronaut and received answers from him during the ceremony to commemorate the return of Pakistan’s seeds from the Chinese space station was held Wednesday at COMSTECH Auditorium, Islamabad.
While reading her letter, Ismail shared, “I have been a student of science for almost ten years now. Science is a discipline that is a form of art for me”. She also asked multiple scientific questions regarding the Pakistan-China space breeding project and life in space.
“I’m so happy to receive your letter and get to know you are interested in science”, Liu Boming, a veteran astronaut who has carried out manned mission twice and conducted China’s first spacewalk, says in a video reply in which he shares his space flight experience.
Through a video message from space, Chinese astronaut Liu Boming replied to the young girls’ queries. Reportedly, In 2008, he, together with his colleagues Mr. Zhai Zhigang and Mr. Jing Haipeng, was sent to space.
The shocking experience inspired him to improvise a line of poems, “overlooking the homeland, the same global village, looking across the Sun and the Moon, the same space city”.
In 2021, Boming flew to space again and became one of the first groups of astronauts stationed in the Chinese Space Station. The Shenzhou 12 manned space mission also sets many other China firsts: the first long-term astronaut residence, the first manned autonomous rapid rendezvous and docking, and the first comprehensive orbit verification of controlled bio-protection technology in the regenerative environment.
“Among them, the most memorable one to me is the extravehicular activity, which allowed me to see the earth from a larger and wider perspective”, he recalled vividly. It was on this space trip that he realized his biggest dream, to be part of China’s first human-robotic arm combination, for which he had been working hard for 13 years from 42 to 55 years old.
He also recommended the live broadcasting program Tiangong Classroom to Aasiya Ismail, to answer many of her questions. “The Shenzhou 12 mission carried the national flag of Pakistan, and the Shenzhou 14 mission carried Pakistan’s plant seeds, which fully showcase the profound friendship between China and Pakistan”, he added.
Chinese Astronaut Takes Pakistani Seeds to Space
On the other hand, reportedly 7 kinds of medicinal seeds were flown into space in China’s Shenzhou 14 mission. They are subject to further study after returning to the earth.
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Source: Gwadar Pro