Chinese Teacher Conducts Class from Space Lab


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Wang Yaping, a 33-year-old teacher, is a member of the three-person space crew that docked with China’s orbiting space lab on Thursday. She’s scheduled to teach classes during the crew’s 12-day stay to Chinese elementary and middle school students. Wang will conduct class while floating in zero-gravity and other astronauts will perform manual docking exercises and conduct scientific experiments.

The latest Chinese manned space flight is the fifth such mission during the past decade, as China scrambles to catch up with Russian and U.S. space programs.The Shenzhou 10 space vehicle was launched from China’s Gobi desert space center. Observers believe China is planning to mount a manned mission to the moon in coming decades.

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