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Chinese Astronauts survival training in the desert


Fifteen Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts (太空人),  have just completed desert survival training deep in the Badain Jaran Desert near Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Organized by the Astronaut Center of China (ACC), the program was designed to prepare taikonauts with the capacity to survive in the wilderness in the event their re-entry capsule lands off target.


Chinese Astronaut Liu Wang exits from a re-entry capsule during a wilderness survival training in the Badain Jaran Desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 17, 2018.


Chen Dong (C) participates in a launchpad emergency escape training in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 16, 2018.


Nie Haisheng (C), Zhang Xiaoguang (L) and Liu Wang participate in a wilderness survival training in the Badain Jaran Desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 17, 2018.


Nie Haisheng (L) and Liu Wang exit from a re-entry capsule during a wilderness survival training in the Badain Jaran Desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 17, 2018.


Wang Yaping participates in a wilderness survival training in the Badain Jaran Desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 22, 2018.


Wang Yaping and Chen Dong.


Staff members arrange for a wilderness survival training for taikonauts in the Badain Jaran Desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province, May 17, 2018.



Nie Haisheng, Liu Wang and Zhang Xiaoguang.



Wang Yaping in her early twenties she was already a pilot for the PLA when she saw Yang Liwei, the first Chinese man in space, on TV. In 2013, she became the second Chinese woman in space.



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