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“Shine Tak Foundation Youth Develop Programme - 2016 Beijing and Xian Space Exploration Study Tour” Opening Ceremony


Shine Tak Foundation and Hong Kong Association for the Advancements of Science and Technology have arranged over 120 local high school students to travel to Beijing and Xian so as to visit the National Astronomical Observatories with the purpose of arousing interest and enhancing their knowledge of spacecraft and technological innovation.

On the day of the grand opening ceremony for the study tour on 16th July, Nicolas Yang, Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau delivered an inspirational speech, stating that the development of aircraft technology can be served among the society to yield an economical profit and to improve the quality of life. He further explained that GORE-TEX, the material used in water-resistent windbreakers, came from the uniforms of American astronauts in 1960. Furthermore, Professor Alexander Wai, President of  Hong Kong Association for the Advancements of Science and Technology and vice president of  Polytechnic University, introduced the history of space exploration and aircraft evolution of China. He added that Hong Kong Polytechnic University had developed a photographic system for the Chang’e 3 Lunar Probe.

Students took part in training in the afternoon, which was lead and taught by Polytechnic University professors. In the session, students were lectured elaborately on aircraft knowledge and technology, that included solar storm detector and lunar topography measurement technology which are currently at the progress of developing at Polytechnic University.

The study tour which is launching for the second year, had attracted over 200 applicants. Considering of the limited number of participants, only 120 students from 104 secondary schools were selected and have the chance to visit the national astronomical facilities located in Beijing and Xian, that include the National Observatory, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Space Propulsion Technology Research Institute, etc. Moreover, they will have a chance for sightseeing famous attractions such as the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors Museum to enrich their knowledge of Chinese culture in a week of time.



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