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Astronauts' day in Tiangong-1 space lab module

(People's Daily Online)

15:53, June 21, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Three astronauts of the Shenzhou-9 Spacecraft have started living in the Tiangong-1 space lab module. Let's have a look at their one day in the Tiangong-1 space lab module.

6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Getting up, washing and having breakfast

Except for the astronaut on duty for the night, the other two astronauts will stop sleeping and start making preparations for the work of a new day.

First, they will do self-cleaning. Toothbrushes for them were specially made. They do not have the handle and the toothpaste has been put on the toothbrush beforehand. Astronaut need to wear the toothbrush on their fingers and use their fingers to clean the mouths. Because the spacecraft does not have sufficient water, astronauts have to use facial tissues to clean their faces.

After finishing the self-cleaning, astronauts carry out routine medical examinations, mainly including measuring the blood pressure, body temperature and body weight, and then communicate with medical workers of the ground.

After all these steps, the three astronauts start to have the breakfast, which is prepared by the astronaut on duty for last night. After the breakfast, they turn over the shift and the astronaut on duty for last night starts to sleep.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Carrying out experiments and doing prevention work for physiological effects of weightlessness

Except for the sleeping astronaut who was on duty for last night, the other two astronauts need to work in the Tiangong-1, mainly including carrying out experiments and doing prevention work for physiological effects of weightlessness.

In order to prevent the damage on the body caused by staying in the weightless environment for a long period, astronauts need to take certain weightlessness prevention measures, for example, doing excise by using the bicycle ergometer.

The “space bike” is different from the bike we usually use. The astronaut needs to assemble it before using it. In order to prevent the bike from floating away, the astronaut must tie it on a fixed bike base with the belt. The “space bike” does not have handles and the astronaut must hold the wall of the Tiangong-1 with hands while riding it. Each exercise of using the “space bike” takes about 50 minutes.

After the breakfast, the two astronauts have a rest period of about 30 minutes.

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Read the Chinese version: 天宫里的一天(航天员天宫生活)
Source: People's Daily, author: Yu Jianbin, Zong Zhaodun and Zhu Xiaoxiong


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