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Studio interview: 33 days is breakthrough for China's manned mission


11-09-2016 15:59 BJT

Full coverage: China Tiangong-2 Space Lab Launch

For more on China's space exploration, we are joined by Xu Yansong. He's the Director for International Cooperation at the China National Space Administration. 

Q1: The astronauts are expected to stay in the space lab for 33 days, much longer than China's previous space manned mission. Tell us what this breakthrough means.

Q2. Why is this mission being seen as a dry run for China's future space station program?

Q3. We understand the astronaut selection is very rigorous.  Tells the requirements for candidates in China.

Q4. What must candidates go through before becoming astronauts?

Q5. China is the third country after Russia and the US to launch an astronaut into space. Do you think China can train astronauts for other countries in the future?

Q6. We understand that the manned space flight office has started extensive cooperation. What is the cooperation with the European Space Agency in manned space flight missions?

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