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    There are indications the the manned flight is sooooooon

    http://gbtimes.com/china/china-quiet...ch-within-week

    China on Monday quietly rolled out the Long March 2F rocket that will be used to launch the crewed Shenzhou-11 spacecraft into orbit to dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab.

    The move indicates that Shenzhou-11 will launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert within a week, sending two astronauts into orbit as part of preparations for a large permanent space station.

    The mission will more than double the national record for duration in space, with the crew spending 30 days aboard the 8.6 tonne Tiangong-2, allowing them to perform a range of science experiments.

    “This is going to provide evidence of astronauts' long-term stay in space for the development of China's space station in the future," Lei Fanpei, chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), told CCTV recently.

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    Andrew Jones puts his bets on a launch this Sunday

    http://gbtimes.com/china/china-launc...on-late-sunday

    China will launch its sixth crewed mission, Shenzhou-11, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre around 23:30 universal time on Sunday, an airspace notification indicates.

    A Long March 2F rocket will lift off between 07:25 and 07:50 Beijing time to send Shenzhou-11 and its two astronauts into orbit to dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab.

    The astronauts will spend a national record of more than 30 days in space, testing advanced life support systems and conducting science experiments as part of preparations for a large permanent space station.

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    interview with Zhu Zongpeng, chief designer of China's space lab Tiangong 2.

    http://china.org.cn/china/2016-10/14...t_39487895.htm

    Zhu received an interview before Tiangong 2 was successfully sent into orbit last month, saying it will dock with Shenzhou 11, a manned spacecraft to be launched later this year, so that astronauts can live in the space lab.

    The designer responded to the following questions raised by reporters.

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    Chinese press now confirms the launch of China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft on Sunday.

    http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/10/...dy-for-liftoff

    At approximately 07:50 Beijing time Sunday, China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft will liftoff from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert. A Long March 2F rocket will send the vessel and its two astronauts into orbit where it will dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab, launched last month.

    This will be the sixth manned mission for China’s rapidly expanding space program. If all goes according to plan, the 30 day stay aboard the Tiangong-2 will more than double the national record for longest time in space for its astronauts.

    While the previous two Shenzhou missions in 2012 and 2013 carried three astronauts, the crew size for this mission was reduced to extend duration upon the Tiangong-2. The identities of the two astronauts will most likely be revealed just before launch.

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    They have now named the crew members for the flight

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._135757498.htm

    The spaceship will take two male astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong into space. The spacecraft will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the space lab for 30 days before returning to Earth. The 50-year-old Jing will be commander of the mission. It will be the first spaceflight of 38-year-old Chen and Jing Haipeng's third.
    and this report has photos of the astronauts

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1011620.shtml

    The two male astronauts will board the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft early Monday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Wu said.

    The spacecraft will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the space lab for 30 days before returning to Earth, the spokesperson said.

    It will be Jing's third spaceflight following his Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008 and Shenzhou-9 mission in 2012.

    With a safe flight record of 1,500 hours as an air force pilot, Chen became China's second group of astronauts in May 2010, and was selected as a crew member of the Shenzhou-11 mission in June 2016, Wu said.
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    Wish you could watch the launch of the Chinese astronauts live, well your wish has been granted. See below for the details.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/watch-live-...crewed-mission

    China is set to launch two astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft at 23:30 universal time/GMT on Sunday, in a mission to prepare for a large permanent space station.

    At 07:30 Beijing time Monday (19:30 EDT Sunday), a Long March 2F rocket will take Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre into orbit, where two days later they will dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab.

    The launch will be streamed live by CCTV with English commentary and can be viewed here and below. A stream in Chinese will also begin here 30 minutes before launch.

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    spacepolicyonline.com commenting on the upcoming launch of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft as well as how Tiangong-2 compares with the ISS.

    http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/new...-space-station

    Just one day before launch, China finally officially announced the names of the two crew members and launch time for the first mission to its new Tiangong-2 space station. The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong will launch at 7:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time tonight (Sunday), which is 7:30 am Monday (October 17) local time at the Jiuquan launch site in the Gobi desert.

    Andrew Jones, a reporter in Finland who writes for gbtimes.com, had calculated the launch time several days ago based on observations of the space station's orbital position and a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by China, but China's official announcement through its Xinhua news service was not made until late last night EDT. In fact, China's CCTV television network released a story yesterday with an incorrect launch day and time.

    In any case, Xinhua states that the launch aboard a Long March-2F rocket is at 7:30 pm EDT tonight. Jing and Chen are headed to China's Tiangong-2 space station, which was launched last month, where they will remain for 30 days. The longest Chinese human spaceflight mission to date is 15 days.

    By coincidence, the Shenzhou-11 launch is just 33 minutes before NASA and Orbital ATK will launch a cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The two space stations are in completely different orbits.

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    Coverage by spaceflightnow.com and spaceflight101.com of the launch and the Chinese objectives for this mission are given below. Congratulations China

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/10/17...space-mission/

    Two Chinese military pilots rode a Long March 2F rocket into orbit Sunday, heading for the Tiangong 2 research lab to conduct experiments and practice procedures to be used on China’s future space station.

    Commander Jing Haipeng, a veteran of two previous space missions, and rookie flight engineer Chen Dong were fastened inside the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft for the 10-minute ride into orbit.

    The Long March 2F rocket’s first stage engines and four liquid-fueled boosters, burning a combination of hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, ignited after an apparently smooth countdown to propel the 191-foot-tall (58-meter) launcher into space at 2330:31 GMT (7:30:31 p.m. EDT) Sunday.

    Live video of the liftoff broadcast by China’s state-run CCTV news channel showed the rocket climbing into a clear sky over the Jiuquan satellite launching center in the Gobi desert, where liftoff occurred at sunrise Monday, the time determined by the orbital track of Shenzhou 11’s target in orbit.
    http://spaceflight101.com/shenzhou-11-launch-success/

    A Chinese Astronaut duo started their work week by strapping in aboard their Shenzhou 11 spacecraft and blasting off atop a Long March 2F rocket to embark on China’s most ambitious crewed space mission to date.

    The crew’s two-day commute to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory will be followed by a month-long stay for extensive science operations in a flight that will more than double China’s previous endurance record of two weeks.

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    Watch the docking live in a vew hours time.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/watch-live-...ocking-tuesday

    Though China has yet to officially announce the timing of the required manoeuvres​ or the docking procedure itself, observers earlier predicted a time of around 19:30 universal time Tuesday (15:30 EDT; 03:30 Wednesday in China) based on the orbits and the previous missions involving docking between Shenzhou craft and Tiangong-1.

    Live coverage of the docking is now expected to be provided by China Central Television (CCTV) and streamed below (and here), beginning around 19:00 UTC.

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    What do astronauts do while in the space station? A short article to enlighten you.

    http://news.asiaone.com/news/science...n-eat-and-work

    A zero-gravity environment will affect the astronauts' cardiovascular systems, and lead to muscle atrophy, weakened immunity and faster bone loss. These make the spacemen more vulnerable to disease.

    To fight the negative impacts, spacemen will use treadmill and chest-expander to practice in the space lab, and wear penguin suits, which produce more tension with its elastic materials, to prevent muscles weakening.

    Also, to relieve the stress of astronauts, psychologists, families and colleagues on the ground will communicate with them through video, audio or e-mail.

    Before the mission, the astronauts carried out 33 days of closed training. Except for weightless conditions, every process in the training lab was modeled on that in the space lab.

    The eight training subjects were physical fitness, mental fitness, adaption to space environment, weightless protection, rescue and survival skill, rendezvous and docking, medical first-aid, and in-orbit experiment.

    Multiple experiments will be carried out when the astronauts enter the Tiangong II space lab. The spacemen will receive in-orbit ultrasonic inspection to test their cardio-pulmonary function, the first of its kind in China's manned space mission. They will also carry out space material experiments, space plant cultivation and in-orbit maintenance of spacecraft.

    After the astronauts enter the Tiangong II space lab, experiments will also be carried out to raise the public's science awareness. Three experiments, designed by secondary school students from Hong Kong, will be conducted to help students learn the changes of materials in zero-gravity environment.

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    The Shenzhou-11 space craft has successfully docked with Tiangong II space lab and the astronauts have entered the space station. congratulations China. Photos of the inside of the space lab shows it to be much more roomier than I expected.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/shenzhou-11...ng-2-space-lab

    Shenzhou-11 astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong moved into the Tiangong-2 space lab in orbit early on Wednesday, after the two spacecraft docked in orbit above the Earth.

    Commander Jing Haipeng entered Tiangong-2 just under three hours after the two spacecraft successfully docked at 03:31 Beijing time while travelling at around 7 kilometres per second.

    Jing, 49, and Chen, 37, will spend 30 days aboard Tiangong-2, more than doubling the national record for mission duration.

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    Good coverage of the docking process by nasaspaceflight

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016...ation-mission/

    For Shenzhou-11, the approach used the V-bar approach to dock with Tiangong-2.

    For rendezvous and docking, operations began at a distance of 52 km from the space module with the monitoring center system analyzing the parameters of Shenzhou-11. At this distance both spacecraft will have been able to read the relative position and velocity of each other.

    The next phase of the automatic approach and docking operations began when the two vehicles were 20 km apart, as Shenzhou-11 moved towards the three Go/No Go points – at 5 km, 400m, 140m and 30m.

    During these “parking points”, the relative position of the spacecraft were assessed by ground controllers before a go to proceed was given.

    At 120 meters the taikonauts had the option to take manual control of Shenzhou-11 if this proves necessary. This process is common for docking vehicles of all nationalities.

    During these rendezvous operations, Shenzhou-11 provided the role of the “active vehicle”, while the Tiangong-2 acted as the “passive vehicle”. At a distance of 30 meters, the docking mechanism was extended to achieve the soft docking with the orbital module.

    As the distance between the two vehicles continued to close, the ground control data continued to increase in accuracy, allowing for the final approach and soft dock. This was marked at 19:24 UTC.

    It took 15 minutes to provide a hard dock/seal between the two vehicles, which allowed the control center to adjust the cabin environment.

    Once the leak checks were completed, the crew enter the module and began taking measurements into cabin pressure, oxygen capacity, air temperature and humidity, along with checks into potentially harmful gasses.

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    On his 1st day in space astronaut Jing Haipeng had some fun. Watch him take a silkworm for a walk in zero gravity.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/silkworm-wa...ogravity-video

    Footage of a floating silkworm being ‘walked’ by Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng in microgravity on the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab has been released by China Central Television (CCTV).

    The video of Commander Jing, 49, playfully pulling the silkworm with a piece of silk line tied to his finger comes a day after the Shenzhou-11 astronauts moved into the space lab early on Wednesday.

    The silkworm is one of six brought to the space lab as part of an experiment designed by middle school students at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School in Hong Kong.

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    The Chinese astronauts are settling into a routine in their new environment.

    http://www.leonarddavid.com/china-sp...n-outer-space/

    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.

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    We have seen reports of how Tiangong-2 has been improved compared to Tiangong-1 but has not been spelled out as to what they were. spaceflight101 has some of the details.

    http://spaceflight101.com/tiangong-2...-work-routine/

    Changes made on Tiangong-2 after TG-1 flew range from simple, but important adjustments of foot holds and hand rails to more advanced changes such as the introduction of a wideband communications system that allows the crew to remain in contact with the ground on multiple video, voice and data channels. Almost continuous communications are possible through the Tianlian data relay satellites in Geostationary Orbit as shown by the continuous video coverage of the docking and ingress without any major video gaps.

    In-flight entertainment options for the crew include TV programs and music uplinked from the ground and they can phone their families whenever they wish to do.

    To make the crew’s stay more comfortable, engineers went through great lengths to make the acoustic environment more benign. The constant buzzing of fans and electronics as well as the operation of life support systems are among the most frequent complaints from astronauts spending time on various spacecraft including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The ambient acoustic environment on Tiangong-2 should be less than 50 decibels and the crew can make use of noise canceling equipment to ensure they can get a good night’s rest.

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    Tiangong-2 launched a satellite which will be used to take pictures of Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11.

    http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nation/.../shdaily.shtml

    AN accompanying satellite was launched from space lab Tiangong-2 at 7:31 a.m. on Sunday, said Chinese scientists.

    The satellite, which weighs 47 kilograms and is the size of a printer, was launched into space aboard Tiangong-2 on Sept. 15, said the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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    More details of the satellite called Banxing-2

    http://gbtimes.com/china/space-lab-r...-11-tiangong-2

    China's Tiangong-2 space lab released a small companion satellite early on Sunday to capture high-resolution images of the lab docked with the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft in orbit above the Earth.

    Banxing-2 will fly in formation with Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 and was released at 07:31 Beijing time on Sunday, according to the Technology and Engineering Centre for Space Utilisation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

    The satellite will use its 25-megapixel camera and fisheye cameras to take shots of the docked vessels at various distances, and is also capable of infrared thermal imaging to track the condition of the craft, according to Chen Hongyu, an engineer with CAS.

    Astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong aboard Tiangong-2 also filmed the released of Banxing-2, which has been described in China as a remote space 'selfie stick'.

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    Leonard David on China’s on-going Shenzhou-11/Tiangong-2 mission.

    What has impressed me is the amount of effort they are putting into plant cultivation so early in their quest for a permanent space station. One of their 3 module space station will be devoted to plant cultivation. They not only hope to produce fresh food for the astronauts to eat but also generate oxygen for use in the space station.

    http://www.leonarddavid.com/china-ti...ission-update/

    In a CCTV-Plus interview, Wang Longji, scientist, Environment Control and Life Support Lab, China Astronaut Research and Training Center explains:

    “First, we want to check the water control and nutrition transmission and measurement technologies. Second, we want to check the technologies for sowing seeds, pulling up unnecessary seedlings and looking after plants automatically while in orbit,” Wang said. “Third, we want collect data concerning the volume of oxygen produced by photosynthesis, the harvest yield, and the plants’ nutritional quality and edibility. Fourth, the plant cultivation experiment will bring happiness to the astronauts and improve their working efficiency and moods during their 30-day stay in space.”

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    News from the Chinese Space Station,Tiangong-2, but it has nothing to do with the two astronauts that are occupying it. It is instead of the "Little Bee" that sits on top of it!!!

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._135781967.htm

    A square-shaped probe, dubbed "Little Bee" by Chinese scientists, is searching for gamma-ray bursts, the strongest explosions in the universe.

    The formal name of the probe, set atop China's first space lab Tiangong-2, is POLAR (an abbreviation of Polarimetry of Gamma-ray Bursts). The device will help open a new window in the study of gamma-ray astronomy, says Zhang Shuangnan, principal investigator on the POLAR project and a chief scientist at the High Energy Physics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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    Video of the silkworms in their compartments in space. Unfortunately the whole video is in Mandarin, a language I do not know. Can any of our cosmoquest readers. translate it for us and give us a summery.

    http://news.asiaone.com/news/science...ad-outer-space

    After experiencing the "space walk" in zero gravity, the six silkworms taken aboard Tiangong II for experiment have started showing off their spinning skills.

    A footage released by CCTV on Thursday shows the insects spinning in their special "living rooms" held by astronaut Jing Haipeng.

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    spaceflightnow on Tiangong 2. Shenzhou 11 and Banxing 2

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/10/26...ernal-surveys/

    A companion satellite ejected from China’s orbiting Tiangong 2 research module has snapped unique views of the space lab as two astronauts inside press on with experiments and other tasks in their second week aboard the mini-space station.

    The cubical craft deployed from Tiangong 2 on Sunday is about the size of a printer, and it took sharp black-and-white pictures of the space lab and the Shenzhou 11 crew transport craft docked together around 235 miles (380 kilometers) above Earth.

    Fitted with a 25-megapixel camera and an ammonia-based propulsion system, the Banxing 2 satellite is expected to loiter around Tiangong 2 and Shenzhou 11, and eventually return to the vicinity of the complex to take pictures from above with Earth in the background, according to Chinese state media reports.

    The first batch of photos from Banxing 2’s departure are looking up at the mini-space station complex, with the blackness of space as a backdrop.

    In addition to the imagery taken by the micro-satellite’s visible camera, Banxing 2 captured more than 300 infrared pictures during the flyaway sequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Video of the silkworms in their compartments in space. Unfortunately the whole video is in Mandarin, a language I do not know. Can any of our cosmoquest readers. translate it for us and give us a summery.

    http://news.asiaone.com/news/science...ad-outer-space
    This report from Andrew Jones has the same video but has some English subtitles.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/shenzhou-11...oons-space-lab

    Some of the six silkworms carried to the Tiangong-2 space lab for experiments have begun to spin cocoons, one week after arriving aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft.

    The experiment is one of three designed by Hong Kong middle school students, which are being carried out by the two Shenzhou-11 Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong.

    While astronauts face extremely tough qualification and selection rounds, it is also apparently tough for silkworms to make the cut, with the six being chosen from 4,000 candidates.

    Zhao Danni, an engineer from No. 529 factory of China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), the research body's satellite manufacturing plant, told CCTV that the specially cultivated silkworms are now in separate capsules, each containing mulberry leaf paste.

    Once back on Earth, the growth and development of the 'Shenzhou-11 Six' will be compared to those of the silkworms living and developed in natural terrestrial conditions, and study the effects of microgravity on the qualities of the silk produced.

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    More news on Tiangong-2. The 1st is astronaut Jing Haipeng thanking all the children of the world that sent him birthday greetings and a special suit they wear when doing cardiovascular research in gravity-free environment.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._135785263.htm

    Today is Oct. 26, the eighth day after Shenzhou-11 docked with Tiangong-2. I am Xinhua space correspondent Jing Haipeng. Hello everyone, we meet again.

    Our work schedule is very full, so I fall asleep as soon as I close my eyes at night. I sleep six hours per day on average and feel quite rested. I feel in pretty good physical condition and am confident in our work and mission. Please rest assured.

    I saw the birthday greetings sent to me by the children the day before yesterday. I especially liked the video clip of children from home and abroad and your brilliant paintings! I was quite touched. As a matter of fact, they are not only greetings to me but also to Shenzhou-11 as well as China's manned space program.

    Uncle Haipeng thanks you for your concerns and greetings.

    The 2nd is good news for those living in Brevard County for the next week (I take it that is somewhere in Florida, USA). You will be able to spot Tiangong-2 in the evening sky.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/story/te...reat/92859212/

    The Chinese space station Tiangong-2, in which two taikonauts are residing, will be visible in the evening here in Brevard County for the next week. There’s even an extra-long track visible on Halloween night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    More details of the satellite called Banxing-2

    http://gbtimes.com/china/space-lab-r...-11-tiangong-2
    That's a good photograph of the whole station and capsule docked together.
    Small, even compared to Mir--but it is a good start.

    The new wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiangong-2
    Last edited by publiusr; 2016-Oct-28 at 09:11 PM.

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    China has started to assemble a Long March 7 rocket that will take the Tianzhou-1 cargo ship to the CSS in February next year.

    http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/10/31/3821s943790.htm

    The components of another Long March-7 carrier rocket are being assembled and the rocket will be ready for the launch mission in February 2017, said Wang Xiaojun, chief commander of the Long March-7 program on Sunday.

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    Chinese astronaut Chen Dong's 4th journal entry in space of his experiences.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1014953.shtml

    Today is Oct. 30, my 12th day on board Tiangong-2. I am Xinhua space correspondent Chen Dong.

    I would like to tell you about our in-orbit gravity-free cardiovascular experiments, or as we call the whole process the "CDS experiment," which track changes to our bodies while we are in orbit.

    The CDS device features an electrocardiograph (ECG) wire that has four leads attached to our bodies. It measures things like our heart rate and blood pressure. The device that measures our blood pressure is put onto our arms just like how a ground-based doctor would measure a patient's blood pressure. In addition, there is a sensor used to measure respiration. It is wrapped in a black bag, and we hang it from our necks to measure our chest breathing and belly breathing.

    There is also another, fairly-curious, instrument, which I am sure many of you may not have heard of. It is called a laser Doppler device. This device measures the microcirculation of our blood vessels. As far as I know, this is the first time that China has tested it in space.

    The biggest difference between a CDS experiment in space and one on the ground is ultrasound. Under zero gravity our organs are slightly displaced. As a result, organs that are usually easy to find on Earth are much more difficult to locate when in space. We have to be aware of this and move the wires accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    More details of the satellite called Banxing-2

    http://gbtimes.com/china/space-lab-r...-11-tiangong-2
    More pictures taken by Banxing-2.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1015143.shtml

    Photo taken by high-resolution camera shows Tiangong-2 space lab and Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft on Oct. 30, 2016. An accompanying satellite orbited close to Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 and took photos with the camera installed on it.

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    The Chinese astronauts are halfway through their mission on the CSS.

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/10/31...space-mission/

    Two Chinese astronauts are busy with medical experiments and other duties as they near the halfway mark of a month-long stay aboard the Tiangong 2 space lab, according to state media reports.

    The medical experiments are one of the top objectives of the mission, which engineers and scientists will use to prepare for longer-duration expeditions aboard China’s planned space station.

    Chinese officials have not divulged the daily schedule for Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, two astronauts who blasted off Oct. 16 inside the Shenzhou 11 space capsule, but government-run media outlets have released regular updates on the progress of the flight.

    Images recorded inside the Tiangong 2 research module, to which Shenzhou 11 docked two days after its launch, showed Jing and Chen exercising, conducting experiments, and greeting ground teams.

    China’s official Xinhua news agency has published a series of posts attributed to the astronauts, providing insights about their tasks and the living conditions aboard Tiangong 2.

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    Chinese astronaut Chen Dong's 5th journal entry in space of his experiences. It is all about the food they eat in space.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._135808325.htm

    Hello everyone. I am the Xinhua space correspondent. The Shenzhou-11 crew would like to extend our greetings and best wishes to all Xinhua staff as the Xinhua News Agency marks its 85th founding anniversary on Nov. 7.

    Today is Nov. 4, my 17th day onboard Tiangong-2. Since many people are curious about what we eat in space, today I would like to tell you about this.

    Speaking of space food, many think that it lacks variety and tastes bad. However, this is not true. Let me tell you what we had today. In the morning, we ate seven types of food, including porridge, coconut bread, quail eggs and pickles. We had eight choices at lunch, including mixed fried rice, fried noodles with meat, stewed beef with potato and nori and egg soup. There were eight dishes at dinner, including fried noodles with beans, rice noodles with beef, fried shrimp with egg as well as canned fruits. Besides, there were five kinds of snacks, such as spicy pork, fried beans and dried bean curd. That's quite a lot choice, isn't it?

    We actually eat different kinds of food in different stages of flight. When just entering into orbit, we eat something light as it is easy for digestion. Currently, our daily menus repeat every five days, which cover six classes of food with nearly 100 kinds of dish, including staple food, side dishes, beverages and functional food.

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    China welcomes participation of other nations in its Space Station.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Na...e_lab_999.html

    Many nations have reached out to China, seeking to play a part in the country's future manned space station, a senior space industry official said Wednesday.

    "We believe there is a wide range of fields suitable for such international collaboration and these prospective cooperation projects will have huge potential," said Fu Zhiheng, vice-president of China Great Wall Industry Corp, a State-owned enterprise that is the nation's only authorized firm for international space collaboration.

    "In fact, we are in talks with some foreign countries in this regard," said Fu, who spoke with China Daily on the sidelines of the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai of Guangdong province.

    "My company's Manned Space Cooperation Center works with the China Manned Space Agency and has been pushing forward with related efforts," he said. Fu did not name any of the nations involved.

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