Congratulations! Chinese #taikonaut Chen Dong, commander of the #Shenzhou14 mission, has stayed in orbit for 200 days, becoming the first Chinese astronaut to achieve such a record.
Tiangong Space Station (CSS) & International Space Station (ISS) side by side. Photos by @lordphilip14
CMSA: starting next year, payloads of 9 international research projects, in collaboration with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs @UNOOSA & European Space Agency @esa and involving 16 countries🇨🇭🇵🇱🇩🇪🇮🇳🇷🇺🇧🇪🇯🇵🇳🇴🇫🇷🇳🇱🇵🇪🇪🇸🇲🇽🇸🇦🇮🇹🇰🇪, will be brought to the China Space Station
And, for project No.5 #tumorsinspace, please follow @TricLarose for latest updates. She is already taking spaceflight trainings.
Here’s a glimpse of my time in microgravity. The slightest touch is all it takes to move, but watch out for the transition back to hyper gravity!#microgravity #parabolic
Reviewing China's recent filing with the UN space register, ST/SG/SER.E/1033, I note that they separately register the Tianhe module 天和 and the 'Chinese space station complex', 中国空间站组合体 (Zhongguo kongjianzhan zuhe ti).
I further note that they don't refer to it as 'Tiangong' in this document, or in other recent Chinese-language offical reports. I suspect that 'Tiangong' as a name for the current station has gone the way of 'Alpha' for ISS.
The official WeChat account of CASC still refers to CSS as "Tiangong" in the draft. "Tiangong" is a very classic name. It means "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese, which means the place where gods lived in ancient Chinese mythology
Interesting. It would be good to know if they actually use 'Tiangong' in radio communications with the crew on the station, or only in public relations
#Shenzhou14 crew members have put on specially designed sweatshirts to welcome their colleagues. Chen Dong: “Lao Tie Lai Le！”（Old fellows are coming!）“We missed you so much.”Liu Yang: “I've waited till all the flowers had withered.”Cai Xuzhe: “Let’s have a hug first!”
The astronauts of Shenzhen-14 opened the forward hatch of the node module of the space station, and the astronauts of Shenzhou-15 opened the front hatch of the orbital module of the spacecraft.