After a rigorous selection process, foreign applicants will travel to China to participate in intensive training on how to live and work on the space station.
China will soon start working train foreign astronauts for upcoming flights Thien Cung Space Station, P.A. reported on February 28. Many countries have made requests for flights to the Tiangong station, said Chen Shanguang, deputy director of planning for China’s manned space program, in an interview with the station. Video surveillance on February 25.
Chinese astronaut Fei Junlong carries out space activities
Chinese astronaut Fei Junlong conducts space activities on the Thien Cung space station on February 9, 2023. (Photo: Liu Fang/Xinhua/AP).
“We will soon begin selecting candidates from these countries for joint flights to our space station. They will be able to work with our astronauts to carry out scientific missions in space.”Chen said.
Applicants will go through a preliminary selection process before being sent to China for extensive training on how to operate the Shenzhou spacecraft and how to live and work on the space station. “We also hope that foreign applicants can gain some knowledge of Chinese culture through their presence on board the Chinese space station.”Chen added.
Chen did not specify whether or not applicants were required to know Chinese. However, other experts hope that Chinese will be the working language at Thien Cung station.
China is developing its own space station after being removed from the International Space Station (ISS) program. NASA is prohibited from cooperating with this country in most cases, according to US law. However, China continues to cooperate with the European Space Agency (ESA) and other countries on space projects.
China completed the T-shaped main structure of Thien Cung station in November last year, including the Thien Hoa core module, two laboratory modules Mong Thien and Van Thien. The station weighs about 66 tons, only a small fraction of the 465 tons of the ISS station.
Thien Cung can accommodate up to 6 astronauts, although there are usually only 3 people on the station for each mission lasting around 6 months. With a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, it will likely be the only space station still operational in the future, if the ISS “retires” at the end of this decade as planned.
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After a rigorous selection process, foreign applicants will come to China to participate in intensive training on how to live and work on the space station…