According to a report last year from Beijing Normal University, women teachers constitute more than 74 percent of the faculty in Beijing’s primary and secondary schools. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that China’s “First teacher in space” is Wang Yaping, the only female astronaut on board the Shenzhou 10 and the second woman China has sent into space.
This morning’s lecture, which was streamed live into classrooms across China and broadcasted on CCTV, was intended to teach primary and middle school students about physics. Wang also demonstrated the discussed theory while lecturing in orbit and interacted with the students and teachers gathered in Beijing.
People’s Daily also reports that “Compared with the lesson given by US astronaut Barbara Morgan in 2007, the lesson given by (Wang) in space will last longer and involve experiments that are more difficult to accomplish.”
This post originally appeared on the Beijinger on Jun 20. For the original link, click here.