China, on 20 June 2013 conducted the first classroom lecture from space which was given by female Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping. Wang Yaping, 33, addressed around 330 primary as well as middle school students at the High School Affiliated to Renmin University in Beijing through live video feed from space module Tiangong-1.
Wang Yaping lectured the students while orbiting at 340 km above Earth at zero gravity in space. The lectured students included those from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, migrant workers’ families as well as of ethnic minorities.
The CCTV network live broadcast was showcased to over 60 million students as well as the teachers at 80000 middle schools in China. Wang Yaping demonstrated the calculation of weight by the astronauts in space. In the meanwhile, she also answered the questions related to recycling of water in the orbiter, view from the orbiter as well as the space debris.
Wang Yaping along with her crew commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang left for the space on 11 June 2013 aboard Shenzhou-10 spacecraft. This spacecraft then docked with Tiangong space module on 13 June 2013. Wang Yaping is second Chinese female astronaut after Liu Yang.