Ship's crew offers space program strong backing from the water

By Zhang Lei | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-03 16:14
Yuanwang No 3 arrives at the dock of the maritime monitoring and control center[Photo/Xinhua]

The crew of the Yuanwang are the unsung heroes of China's space exploration missions

There is the sea, vast and endless. And there is a group of people who dream of the sky. They work and live in the ocean all the year round where the ship is virtually their home. They are "farsighted people" who are engaged in the task of monitoring and controlling spacecraft.

Since the setting up of the Asian No 2 satellite monitoring and control mission in 1995, whether it is the launch of the Shenzhou-1 spacecraft, the convergence of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and the Tiangong-1, or the exploration of the moon or the Beidou navigation satellite, they are an integral part of China's space development.

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