Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping celebrates Lantern Festival with traditional space music (video)

China’s Tiangong space station is still under construction, but the astronauts on board are already bringing aspects of Chinese traditions and culture into space.

Shenzhou 13 mission astronaut Wang Yaping, the second Chinese woman in space and the first aboard the space station, performed a song with a guzheng, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument, aboard the Tianhe space module (the heart of Tiangong) on ​​February 15 to celebrate Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations.

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Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping performs the traditional folk song “Jasmine Flower” on a guzheng as part of a Lantern Festival celebration on the Tianhe module of the Tiangong space station during the Shenzhou 13 mission on Feb. 15, 2022. (Image credit: CCTV/CMSE)

Wang performed a segment of the Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower as an introduction to the annual Lantern Festival Gala broadcast by China Media Group.

Meanwhile, teammates Zhai Zhigang and Ye Guangfu wrote “riddles” in Chinese calligraphy with a brush pen.

Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The three Shenzhou 13 astronauts have previously participated in televised celebrations for mark the lunar new year February 1.

The National Space Administration of China has organized a number of interactive events with its astronauts to highlight the country’s space achievements, strengthen national pride and the interest of young citizens in science.

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