A screenshot of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center's monitor screen on Oct. 19, 2016 shows Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng entering the space lab Tiangong-2. (Xinhua/Ju Zhenhua)
by Xinhua special correspondent Jing Haipeng
ABOARD TIANGONG-2, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Today we moved into the space complex for the Shenzhou-11 mission. It is 10:05 p.m. now, and we haven't finished our work yet.
I'm told that people are concerned about our life here in space. Tutuping'an, a user of Xinhua mobile app, is curious about how we sleep and have meal in the space lab. I should say Chen Dong and I feel fulfilled in work, and we really want to go to bed now.
As we were so busy in the morning, docking Shenzhou-11 and Tiangong-2 and then entering Tiangong-2 of the complex, we had no time for dinner. We ate only one meal for breakfast and lunch. They were largely ready-to-eat foods, or what we often say snacks. We took little staple food. We did heat rice and noodle, but in a little while forgot all about them. We are to make up for the meal at night.
This is my third time to fly into space and my second time to enter Tiangong. Tiangong-1 was quite well, but Tiangong-2 is much more comfortable. It is perfect in layout, decoration and matching of colors.
Speaking of the family, I remember I said when meeting the press that half of the credit should be given to our family members. Chen Dong and I talked about it today, and we agreed with that.
Dear comrades from the astronaut brigade, I want to tell you at this very moment that Chen Dong and I miss you so much in Tiangong-2. In the past 18 years, we have taken meals at the same table, attended class in the same room, and played basketball in the same court. In the 18 years, we have worked together, lived together, received training together, and chased dream together. We are as dear to each other as members of one family. I know you are standing guard, cheering us on, and on duty for us. And we salute you all!