September 26, 2022
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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year from Space

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Shenzou 13 Mission crew send Spring Festival greetings

The three taikonauts aboard the Tiangong space station 400 km above the Earth became the first Chinese to spend China’s most important festival in space.

Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou-13 mission

Taikonauts  Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou-13 mission, Ye Guangfu and Wang Yaping sent Spring Festival greetings to 1.4 billion Chinese in a video released by the Chinese space agency.

Taikonaut Ye Guangfu 

The orbiting module was decorated with red lanterns, Chinese knots and spring couplets. On the festive menu are dumplings filled with pork, cabbage, Spanish mackerel and day lily enjoying the traditions they usually share with their families on Earth — eating dumplings, wearing new clothes and pasting spring couplets on walls. They have been in orbit for more than 100 days, completing multiple tasks over the past three months, including performing two spacewalks, a live science lecture and a manual rendezvous and docking test with the Tianzhou-2 cargo vessel.

Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou-13 mission, says “I wish all of you good health and good luck in everything you do,” while displaying a pair of couplets, in a screenshot obtained from a video. Ye Guangfu wishes the Chinese people “a happy Lunar New Year and a happy family” while holding a sticker with the Chinese character “Fu,” meaning good luck while the only female crew member Wang Yaping, dressed in festive costumes, wished children across China “vigorous and healthy growth” while holding a red balloon.

Source Xinhua/AP

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