Astro­nauts watch live news feed

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The two astro­nauts aboard the Tiangong II space lab­o­ra­tory have be­come the first to watch a live broad­cast of the nightly news on China Cen­tal Tele­vi­sion in space.

Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong joined mil­lions on Earth in tun­ing into the show on Fri­day night.

Wu Dawei, an en­gi­neer with the As­tro­naut Cen­ter of China, said the show is part of the psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port for the astro­nauts. Ground con­trol will con­tinue to trans­mit the pro­gram live every day as well as other con­tent, in­clud­ing some of Jing and Chen’s per­sonal fa­vorites.

Yang Li­wei, deputy direc­tor of the China Manned Space Engi­neer­ing Of­fice and a former as­tro­naut, said Jing and Chen will stay in the space lab for 30 days.

How­ever, when con­struc­tion of China’s space sta­tion is com­plete, the plan is to use it to house astro­nauts for up to six months.

Un­der these cir­cum­stances, he said, it is im­por­tant that astro­nauts know what is hap­pen­ing on Earth.

In images trans­mit­ted from the lab, Jing can be seen wear­ing black head­gear, which sci­en­tists said was for a men­tal test, to find out how the brain works in space.

Yang said the astro­nauts have fully adapted to life in Tiangong II and fol­low the same work and rest sched­ule as their col­leagues on Earth.

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