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Three astronauts, Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang, who successfully completed China’s first manned space docking mission, have arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day visit, at the invitation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
The 40-member delegation includes the key commanders and designers of the manned space program. They contributed to the success of the mission to dock the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft with the Tiangong-1 lab module. Leung Chun-ying said the Shenzhou-9 mission’s achievement had opened a new chapter in the country’s aerospace history. He also added that the astronauts’ perseverance also serves as an encouragement for Hong Kong people.
The delegation is scheduled to take part in a variety of activities. They will meet the media at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, share their experience of the 13-day orbit in space with secondary and primary students and open the "Exhibition on China’s First Manned Space Docking Mission" at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The delegation will finally attend a farewell ceremony at Government House before leaving for Macao.