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Astronaut to Give 1st Lesson in Space

China Daily, June 19, 2013 Adjust font size:

China's first teacher in space Wang Yaping is in orbit and due to deliver a lecture to students via a video feed on Thursday, China Central Television reported.

The lesson, which will be broadcast by CCTV, will last from 10:04 AM to 10:55 AM.

Wang, the country's second female astronaut, will teach primary and middle school students about her zero-gravity environment, said Wu Ping, spokesperson with the country's manned spacecraft mission.

Shenzhou X, Chinas fifth manned spacecraft, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, on June 11. Two men, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, and Wang, are expected to stay in space for 15 days.

Over 1,000 people raised questions for China's first upcoming lesson in space via Tencent Weibo (similar to Twitter) between May 24 and June 10, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.

Not all the questions were strictly scientific. Do you have any thoughts about discovering aliens was one question that might be addressed by Wang.

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