Meeting of heads of ESA and China Manned Space Agency



Visit of Mr Wang Zhaoyao to ESA Director General
 
Chinese officials welcomed to ESA
 
 

8 October 2012
 
Wang Zhaoyao, Director General of the China Manned Space Agency, accompanied by the first Chinese female astronaut, Liu Yang, met ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain at the Agency’s headquarters in Paris on 8 October.
 
Mr Dordain congratulated Mr Wang on the successful Shenzhou-9 mission, stating how impressed he had been when learning of the flawless automatic and manual docking with Tiangong-1.

Following earlier discussions, the two sides have agreed to continue talking about possible avenues for cooperation between ESA and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

 

A delegation from CMSA and the Chinese Astronaut Centre will visit the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne in the near future with a view to sharing experiences in astronaut training.

Another potential area of cooperation could be joint scientific experiments carried out on the Tiangong space laboratory.

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China Shenzhou-9 Mission Launches

China launched its fourth crewed spaceflight — including the first female taikonaut — on a mission to perform the nation’s first piloted docking with their orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module.. 

This undated photo shows Liu Yang attending a training. Liu Yang, 34, is one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. (Xinhua/Qin Xian'an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang attending a training. Liu Yang, 34, is one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. (Xinhua/Qin Xian’an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang, 34, one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Liu was selected as a taikonaut in 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Xian'an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang, 34, one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Liu was selected as a taikonaut in 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Xian’an)