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Chinese President Hu Jintao talks with astronauts aboard Tiangong-1

06-26-2012 14:18 BJT Special Report:Shenzhou 9 's Docking Mission with Tiangong 1 |

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Chinese President Hu Jintao has talked to the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft’s three astronauts via video link. The call follows their successful completion of a manual docking between the Shenzhou-9 and the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module on Sunday.

The Shenzhou-9 crew is ready to communicate with earth.

President Hu Jintao greeted the astronauts and expressed his gratitude to them on behalf of the CPC central committee, the state council, the central military commission and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

This screen shot taken on June 26, 2012 shows the Chinese astronauts who are conducting
scientific tests in Tiangong-1 space lab module waving hands in Tiangong-1. Chinese
President Hu Jintao came to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Tuesday and talked
with the astronauts. (Xinhua)

President Hu Jintao said he was glad to hear that the crew are all in good condition and that their experiments are going on smoothly.

He highlighted that China’s first manual docking was a historic moment in the country’s space program and its success means China has completely grasped space docking technologies.

Hu said, "As the astronauts of China’s first manned space docking mission, your performance has been excellent and you three have made great contributions to the development of China’s manned space program. Our country and people appreciate your efforts. We hope you will work closely and carefully to complete the next tasks. We and your family members are awaiting your safe return home. "

In response, the commander of the Shenzhou-9 mission crew expressed the team’s confidence.

Jin Haipeng, commander of Shenzhou-9 Space Mission, said, "We are sure to remember firmly the directions of President Hu and complete our tasks."

A successful mission will mean the country is fully capable of transporting people and cargo to an orbiter in space. And that’s an essential step in its plans to establish a space station by 2020.

This screen shot taken on June 26, 2012 shows the Chinese astronauts who are conducting
scientific tests in Tiangong-1 space lab module waving hands in Tiangong-1. Chinese
President Hu Jintao came to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Tuesday and talked
with the astronauts. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on June 26, 2012 shows a view of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center where
Chinese President Hu Jintao talks with the Chinese astronauts who are conducting
scientific tests in Tiangong-1 space lab module, in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ma
Zhancheng)

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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