Astronaut Wang Yaping clicks pictures from the Chinese space station and a few Earth photos

Astronaut Wang Yaping clicks pictures from the Chinese space station and a few Earth photos

Snaps of the Earth

The first woman aboard China’s new space station clicked a few magnificent photographs of the Earth during a 6-month journey to orbit.

In October, Wang Yaping traveled to the Tianhe core module onboard the Shenzhou 13 mission with her colleagues Zhai Zhigang and Ye Guangfu. Qinghai Lake is at the bottom of Wang’s November 18 image, flowing east towards the East China Sea. Qinghai Lake is an inland saline wetland of international significance, according to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Wang’s comrades, Commander Zhai Zhigang and Ye Guangfu, took images of her in the Tianhe module while she drifted in microgravity while holding apples.

In 2013, Wang Yaping took part in the Shenzhou 10 trip to the Tiangong 1 space lab. Throughout the two-week journey, Wang offered a live lesson on space physics to a class of kids back on Earth, with millions of Chinese schoolchildren tuning in to watch.

The difference between the Tiangong 1 and Tianhe, which were launched eight years apart, is obvious in a photograph broadcast by the official space outreach channel Our Space.


Wang Yaping’s space activity

During the six-month Shenzhou 13 mission, the astronaut who made history by becoming the first Chinese woman to do an extravehicular exercise or spacewalk is expected to do something similar.

Zhai, Wang, and Ye began their mission on October 15 and conducted their first spacewalk on November 7. The crew’s responsibilities include testing and preparing the Tianhe module for additional modules next year, as well as conducting experiments and providing science outreach.

The mission follows the June launch of the Shenzhou 12 mission, which transported the first three astronauts to Tianhe for a three-month mission. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo returned a series of magnificent images of Earth using smartphones they brought to orbit.

In the meantime, Shenzhou 14 and a Long March 2F rocket will be completing travel in the Gobi Desert in an emergency case on Tianhe.

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