The Chinese Vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) got a glimpse of some of the United States' most advanced technology when he visited the headquarters of the space programme.
GV Vice-premier Teng Hsiao-Ping descends aircraft steps and met by officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Governor Tom Clements.
GV Governor Clements welcomes Mr Teng who receives gifts.
GV Director of Lyndon Johnson Space Centre Dr Christopher Kraft demonstrating lunar samples (2 shots)
GV Teng being shown Skylab replica by astronaut Alan Bean. (2 shots)
SV Alan Bean demonstrates Skylab kitchen
KRAFT: "These are two different kinds of rock, sort of typical of what you would find lying around in different areas on the moon."
BEAN: "This is where we ate our meals. For example if we wanted to fix something to drink and if this was orange juice we could put it on here, water would go into it and it would fill up and look like this. So that would be our orange juice to drink. And the way we drank it was to put this in here and sip out of there."
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Background: The Chinese Vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) got a glimpse of some of the United States' most advanced technology when he visited the headquarters of the space programme. Technological aspects of his nine-day U.S. visit have interested Mr. Teng most. He said on arrival in Houston that he welcomed the opportunity to learn from the industries that he was shown during his tour of the city.
SYNOPSIS: Back in Washington Mr. Teng left officials including the Secretary of State Mr Cyrus Vance contemplating the effects on relations with the Soviet Union of his statements on foreign affairs. He has often criticised what he calls Soviet hegemony. Far from it all in Texas Governor Tom Clements made him welcome. Gifts included a wicker basket full of Texas toys for the children of China, and a pair of spurs. Mr. Teng wants to modernise China's industry by the end of the century and showed avid interest in the advanced technology on show.
The Director of the Lyndon Johnson Space Centre Dr. Christopher Kraft showed off samples of lunar rock.
Astronaut Alan Bean had an eager audience for a tour of a replica of Sky-lab. The tour was part of a series of carefully arranged television presentations which are being transmitted to Chine by satellite each day to show off U.S. scientific and technological skills.