NEW DELHI: What would you say if you left the Earth's atmosphere and saw space for the first time? Chinese astronaut Chen Dong, who took off on China's historic Shenzhou-11 mission+ , was so lost in the experience that his commander had to repeat himself before Cheng responded.
Parts of the small talk between the two taikonauts (term for Chinese astronauts, like cosmonaut for Russians) has been released. A snippet of this, released by Chinese government news agency Xinhua shows first-timer Chen engrossed in the experience, as the fairing on the craft came off and he saw space for the first time.
His commander, Jing Haipeng, who is on his third trip to space, perhaps now used to the awe that Chen was feeling, played it cool.
Here is the conversation between the two taikonauts as Cheng caught his first glimpse of space:
Chen Dong: Wow, spectacular!
Jing Haipeng: Feels cool, huh?
Chen: Absolutely beautiful!
Jing: I mean, is it cool?
Chen: OH, yes, definitely cool!
The two taikonauts are on China's longest manned mission till date, and are set to spend 30 days on the Tiangong-2 space station. Tiangong-2 was launched on September 15.
Jing Haipeng, a fighter pilot of the Chinese Air Force, was selected to the taikonaut programme in 1998. He is now China's most experienced taikonaut, having been to space thrice in the six manned missions that his country has carried out. He pulled one over Nie Haisheng, who was part of two Chinese space missions.
(With inputs from Xinhua)
Irrespective of our relations with China, I tend to appreciate this and we, instead on focusing on narrow approach iike pak to us and us to Chna prism looking ourselves at our country, we should look at things in a much broader way. Only then, we can lead or our voices will be heard.
Appreciate Chinese guts and determination in achieving their ambition. Hope India gets ambitious too.
It''s good achievement Hope they stay put in space not go further in outer space to sell Chinese products :-)
Just hope that this one just not fall from the space :)
Wish the Chinese mission all success and safe return
See..our ISRO is busy in launching satellites; on the side, China is marching ahead in space.... ISRO, please do something new...