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Aerospace development with rich cultural heritage

Recently, the issue that the astronauts, Zhai Zhigang, Ye Guangfu and Wang Yaping, are about to set foot on the road of return from Tiangong space station after six months of travel in space has been brought into focus.

It is also worth mentioning that how each aerospace equipment is named, more specifically, makes people feel familiar and cordial, such as Beidou, Chang’e, Xihe, Shenzhou, Zhurong as well as Tiangong.

In ancient times, Beidou, which refers to the seven bright stars arranged in a bucket shape in the sky, was used to guide the direction. There is also an allusion behind the name “Beidou”. In the Three Kingdoms, when Zhuge Liang noticed his fate star was shaking and crumbling in Wuzhangyuan, he realized that he would pass away soon. Indeed, he died that night. It established the position of the Big Dipper in the hearts of the ancients. Nowadays, using the same name, China’s satellite navigation system is used to realize positioning, which is another form of inheritance.

China’s lunar exploration projects include the Chang’e Project and the Jade Rabbit Moon Rover. In ancient Chinese mythology, Chang’e is a fairy who swallowed the elixir and became an immortal on the moon while Yutu is a rabbit whose whole body is just as white as jade and that’s why it is called Jade Rabbit. Carrying forward traditional culture, it expresses the determination of the Chinese to set foot on the moon.

Tiangong space station consists of several parts. It’s an artificial satellite where experiments concerning space can be held. Its name is, in the myths, also known as Crape myrtle palace where the emperors live. The name symbolizes the romantic feelings of Chinese people.

What must be noticed about Tiangong space station is that on May 28, 2018, China announced the official opening of international cooperation on China’s space station. It aims at innovation and development in the aerospace field and provides assistance to other countries as much as possible.

The free sharing of the Chinese space station marks China’s manned space project from independent development to global cooperation. We are promoting international collaboration in the exploration of the universe with an inclusive attitude, and also contributing to the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind in outer space.


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