Shenzhou-11 crew is now onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab for 30 days. Credit: CCTV

Shenzhou-11 crew is now onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab for 30 days.
Credit: CCTV

China space travelers, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, are busy at work onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab, starting their routine work and exercise programs.

In-space activities by the crew are being monitored by technicians at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Harvesting lettuce

One early task was to plant lettuce seeds so the twosome can harvest a batch of lettuce before they leave the space lab in a month’s time.

Jing and Chen are living according to Beijing time, working six days a week according to a schedule that researchers have developed to help them healthy.

Shenzhou-11 crew consists of two male astronauts, veteran space traveler, Jing Haipeng (left) and newcomer to space, Chen Dong. Crew photos: ChinaSpaceflight‏.com

Shenzhou-11 crew consists of two male astronauts, veteran space traveler, Jing Haipeng (left) and newcomer to space, Chen Dong.
Crew photos: ChinaSpaceflight‏.com

“We perfected the schedule of working and sleeping. They now work six days and have one day off. This schedule will give them more freedom to adjust their work flexibly,” said Huang Weifen, deputy chief designer of the Manned Spaceship Astronaut System in a CCTV interview.

Spacey silkworms

The Chinese astronauts have also fed silkworms with Jing bringing out the first silkworm, handling it in microgravity.

The six silkworms will help Chinese scientists study the silkworms’ growing process in space, and allow them to compare this with how they grow on Earth.

After tending the silkworms, Jing and Chen began using a specially designed running machine for exercise. Jing was first to utilize the new facility, both making use of belts to stabilize themselves on the running machine.

Life onboard

Also on the technology agenda was carrying out noise and other physical capacity tests onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab.

To view scenes of life onboard the orbiting lab, go to:

http://l3-pv.news.cctvplus.com/2016/1021/8034825_Preview_1477042891963.mp4

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