At the invitation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, a delegation of the China Manned Space Program arrived in Hong Kong on 11 November for a four-day visit. The delegation was led by Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, and its members included Liu Boming, astronaut of the Shenzhou-28 crew, Wang Yaping, astronaut of the Shenzhou-4 crew, Chen Dong, astronaut of the Shenzhou-<> crew, Zhang Lu, astronaut of the Shenzhou-<> crew, and experts in related fields of manned space engineering systems.

In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation attended a media conference held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to introduce the development of the manned space project and answer questions from reporters. When asked about the participation of candidates from Hong Kong and Macao in the selection of payload experts, Chen Dong, an astronaut of the Shenzhou-14 crew, said that China's space station is a home of the motherland in space, and no one can do without this home, so there are also payload experts from Hong Kong and Macao in the space station to manage and maintain the scientific research equipment in the space station.

Talking about the advantages of Hong Kong and Macao personnel, Chen Dong said that Hong Kong and Macao experts are more proficient and familiar with scientific research equipment. "By leveraging their own strengths, they can achieve more valuable scientific results." Chen Dong believes that through this kind of selection, the enthusiasm of young people in Hong Kong and Macao to love, learn, and use science can be stimulated, and at the same time, the development of science and technology in Hong Kong and Macao can be stimulated. He said that China's space station is national, open, and diverse, and there should be representatives of Hong Kong and Macao, "with their participation and their presence, we can make China's home in space more lively and happier."

(Reporter Fan Siyi produced by Fei Fan)

Editor in charge: [Lu Yan]