BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup World By Himanshu Goenka @HimGoJourno 03/05/18 AT 5:49 AM China’s first astronaut to have gone into space, and currently the deputy director of China Manned Space Engineering Office, Yang Liwei, said the country was going to start recruiting astronauts from among civilians, after having picked them from the Chinese air force pilots until now. Yang was speaking Saturday on the sidelines of the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.Astronauts (called taikonauts in China, a portmanteau of the Chinese word “taikong” meaning outer space and astronaut) for future missions could be picked from the industrial sector, research institutions and universities, Yang said, adding that women would also be encouraged to apply, according to local media reports.“We invite more passionate young people to join the recruitment process to help transform our nation into a space powerhouse,” Yang said, People’s Daily Online reported.A total of 14 people, all of them men, were in the first group of taikonauts that was put together in the late 1990s. Yang was part of that group, and went into space in 2003, when China became the third nation in the world to put… Read full this story
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