As Shenzhou IX successfully entered orbit on Saturday evening, China's first female astronaut and two male colleagues started their space journey. What is their life like in space?
Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China, said that the environment-control and life-support system in Shenzhou IX and the Tiangong-1 module, a prototype space lab launched last year in a key step toward building a permanent space station, will provide a comfortable environment with a proper temperature, moisture level and air pressure for their astronauts.
After the space rendezvous and docking on Monday afternoon, the astronauts will work and sleep in the Tiangong-1 module and eat and use the restroom in the Shenzhou IX spacecraft, People's Daily quoted Gao Feng, a researcher of the China's Astronaut Research and Training Center, as saying on Sunday.
The module will provide about a 15-square-meter area for living and working.
The sleeping area is in Tiangong-1 and has two "bedrooms" to keep the astronaut's privacy. Though there are three astronauts, there is always one on duty, so two "bedrooms" are enough.
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