小编摘要：China's successful space-docking mission on Thursday has inspired the hopes of Chinese who see their nation as a pioneer in exploring the cosmos and a global leader in science and technology.
China's successful space-docking mission on Thursday has inspired the hopes of Chinese who see their nation as a pioneer in exploring the cosmos and a global leader in science and technology.
It has also inspired some rather unfortunate metaphors.
'If we compare the space docking mission with the pact of a pair of lovers deeply in love, it will be the most romantic story of the season,' said an article on the state-run Xinhua news agency's website.
Furthering the comparison, it portrayed Shenzhou-8, the unmanned spacecraft launched Tuesday, as a passionate young man and Tiangong-1, the equally uncrewed space module with which it docked early Thursday Beijing time, as a girl who 'arrives early at the rendezvous and strolls around and around, waiting for her lover.'
Xinhua noted a similar comparison by Tianfu Zaobao, a Sichuan-based daily. In a poem entitled 'Lovers' Talk,' the newspaper described a 'kiss' ─ 'romantic,' 'profound' and 'sweet.' 'Tiangong, my lover, for the arrival of this moment ─ wait for me. I'm coming,' the poem concluded, according to the news agency.
While images of how the docking might look could inspire the imaginations of the lusty, the science behind the coupling is much more chaste. The two spacecraft docked using what the scientifically minded call an androgynous peripheral attach system, a technology with origins in Russia's space program.