China, whose first astronaut was an ace fighter pilot, may send engineers, teachers and even philosophers into space in future, a top space official said.
"Going into space is not such a big mystery," director of the China National Space Administration, Sun Laiyan said.
"There will need to be an engineer or a scientist, too. We could even have some teachers or philosophers to go up," Sun told reporters on Wednesday.
"If philosophers go up into space, perhaps they'll have a different view of the world," he said. "Especially a Chinese philosopher."