Shenzhou XIV crew will give their first lecture from the space station

The simulated image shows that the Wentian lab module docked with the front port of the Tianhe core module suit on July 25, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Crew members of China’s Shenzhou XIV mission will give their first open lecture on Wednesday afternoon from the orbiting Tiangong space station to students from around the world, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a press release Tuesday morning that the conference will begin at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast live worldwide by China Media Group.

The astronauts – Senior Colonel Chen Dong, Senior Colonel Liu Yang and Senior Colonel Cai Xuzhe – will conduct experiments to show the physical phenomena in the unique environment inside the space station, such as the capillary phenomenon, which is associated with surface tension and causes fluids to rise or fall in capillaries.

They will show the public the scientific apparatus inside the Wentian laboratory module which became part of the Tiangong station in July, and also show the sampling procedures on rice and Arabidopsis thaliana, a small plant with mustard-family flowers, which grow inside a science lab cabinet, the agency noted.

Before the end of the conference, the members of the team will answer the questions posed by the students.

The astronauts are encouraging viewers to conduct similar experiments on the ground to observe the disparities between those conducted in space and on Earth, the agency shared.

The activity will become the third lecture of the Tiangong Class series, China’s first extraterrestrial lecture series which aims to popularize space science, he added.

Shenzhou XIV mission crews spent more than four months inside Tiangong Station and conducted two spacewalks. They will remain in station until early December, when the crew of the Shenzhou XV will take over.

Their peers from the Shenzhou XIII mission, which remained in orbit from mid-October 2021 to mid-April this year, gave two lectures from inside the Tiangong.

Angela C. Hale