'The layout and decor are perfect': Chinese astronaut answers netizens' questions in diary from space

Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng wrote a diary for Xinhua news agency on Wednesday (Oct 19).
Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng wrote a diary for Xinhua news agency on Wednesday (Oct 19).PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM CHINA DAILY

(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng, who along with compatriot Chen Dong are on China's longest space mission so far, wrote a diary for Xinhua news agency on Wednesday (Oct 19).

Today is the first day that our flight crew has moved into the space complex for the Shenzhou XI mission. It is 10.05pm and we have not finished our work yet.

I am told people are concerned about our living conditions here in space. Tutuping'an, a netizen using the Xinhua mobile app, is curious about how we sleep and eat meals in the space lab.

Chen Dong and I have been working all day and we really want to go to bed now. As we were so busy in the morning, docking Shenzhou XI and Tiangong II, and then entering the Tiangong II complex, we had no time for dinner. We ate only one meal for breakfast and lunch.

Our food mainly consists of ready-to-eat foods, or snacks, but we did bring a few staples. Earlier, we heated up some rice and noodles, but forgot all about them, so we will make up for the missed meal later.

This is my third time in space. This is also my second time entering Tiangong. Tiangong I was not bad, but Tiangong II is much more comfortable. The layout and decor are perfect.

I remember telling the media that half of the credit we get should be given to our family members. Chen Dong and I talked about it today and agreed on that.

Chen Dong and I miss everybody so much. I want to tell you, dear comrades from the astronaut brigade, that in the past 18 years, we have taken meals at the same table, attended classes in the same room and played basketball on the same court.

In that time, we have worked together, lived together, trained together and chased dreams together. You are as dear to us as family members. I know you are standing guard, cheering us on, and staying on duty for us. We salute you all!