I haven’t seen aliens (yet) or got ‘space sick­ness’

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - ByCHENDONG aboard Tiangong II Chen Dong filed the di­ary as a spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent for Xin­hua News Agency on Fri­day.

Be­ing in space for the first time is un­usual. Ini­tially, I felt I could not con­trol my body. I couldn’t walk, and cer­tain ac­tions just felt weird.

My fel­low as­tro­naut, Jing Haipeng, has re­ally helped me ad­just, and I’m slowly get­ting used to the feel­ing of zero grav­ity.

I sleep well, but I think that’s be­cause we’re so busy dur­ing the day that I fall asleep as soon as I closemy eyes.

Be­fore be­ing in space, I was most ex­cited by the view. I was so taken by this vi­sion— our beau­ti­ful planet— that I made sure to take a few glances to leave an im­print onmy mind. While I was hyp­no­tized by the view, Jing asked me how it made me feel. All I could say was that it was beau­ti­ful. I had no more words. As be­ing in space is not just about the view (we have a lot of work to do, af­ter all), I had to take as much in as I could in just a few mo­ments.

I haven't seen the sun­rise or sun­set yet, just day and night. And as for tak­ing pho­tos or videos, I want to col­lect as much vis­ual data as pos­si­ble— as much for the world asmy mem­o­ries.

Xu Si­dan, a stu­dent from a Hangzhou school for the deaf, has asked me a ques­tion on Xin­hua News Agency’s mo­bile app. He asked whether I’ve seen aliens. I haven't seen aliens— yet— but I do har­bor a hope that I will.

An­other child asked whether hu­mans get space sick­ness. Al­though a space­craft is a “ship”, it’s not at all like be­ing at sea or in a car. The feel­ing of zero grav­ity will not cause sick­ness. It’s just a won­der­ful feel­ing.

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