Life in space

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Sept 15: China launches Tian­gong II, the coun­try’s lat­est space lab.

Oct 19: The Shen­zhou XI space­craft docks with Tian­gong II. Astro­nauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong be­gin a 30-day mis­sion aboard the space sta­tion.

Oct 20: Jing de­scribes life aboard Tian­gong II in his jour­nal, writ­ing that he and Chen were too busy to eat a de­cent meal early on the first day of the mis­sion: “We had mostly snacks for break­fast and lunch. We plan to have a big din­ner, with noo­dles and rice.”

Oct 24: Jing spends his 50th birth­day in space and re­ceives greet­ings fromthe staff at the base on Earth.

Oct 27: Silk­worms car­ried for experiments be­gin mak­ing a co­coon in the lab.

Nov4: Jing and Chen brew green and black teas us­ing tea bags spe­cially de­signed towork in a ze­ro­grav­ity en­vi­ron­ment. It is the first time Chi­nese astro­nauts have made tea in­space,

Nov 8: Chen de­tails the work rou­tine in the lab via a col­umn for Xin­hua News Agency, where he is cred­ited as the agency’s “space cor­re­spon­dent”.

Nov 11: Jing pro­vides in­sights into an ex­per­i­ment to grow let­tuce in zero-grav­ity con­di­tions.

Nov 18: Jing and Chen re­turn to Earth. They land in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion af­ter the month-long mis­sion, the long­est pe­riod Chi­nese astro­nauts have spent in space.

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