It’s not your average lecture when your professor is speaking to you from space.
On Thursday China’s second ever female astronaut gave a special lesson on physics to 60 million Chinese schoolchildren and teachers back on earth, according to Chinese media.
Aboard the Tiangong 1 module she explained the effects of zero gravity on weight and mass, and how objects move through space. Attaching a ball to a pendulum and using gyroscopes she wowed the crowd with motion aboard the module. She also explained that she could see the sun rise 16 times a day “because we circle the Earth every 90 minutes.”
Drinking in space becomes a game with the effects of water surface tension. Wang made a film of water in the air, turning it into a perfect ball of liquid floating before her eyes. She then opened her mouth as if to bite it and swallowed it whole.
The three astronauts who blasted off from the Gobi desert on June 11, are due to make a manned docking of the module this week. They will have to climb back into the Shenzou 10 capsule which carried them into space and re-dock with the Tiangong 1 module. They are due return home on June 25-26.
The lecture aimed to inspire interest in space and secure the Chinese space programme’s future. Answering a question on whether she had seen any UFOs, she replied ‘not yet’.