Astronaut memories and entertainment are out of this world


(Left to right) Astronauts Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang, and Wang Yaping wave after entering the space station on October 16, 2021.

TV shows, musical instruments and a set of ink and brushes are among the items brought on board by three Chinese astronauts who are due to spend six months in space.

Zhai Zhigang, the crew commander, downloaded numerous TV soap operas and songs to help them spend their leisure hours in Tianhe, the central module of the Chinese space station, China Central Television reported. It will be the longest stay in space.

Zhai, also in love with Chinese calligraphy, brought ink, brush, paper and ink stone to continue to hone his calligraphy skills.

Ye Guangfu, the newcomer to the space mission, took musical instruments, family photos and other items that he would later reveal in space.

“Family photos will give me relaxation and comfort when I’m restless or tired,” Ye told CCTV.

Wang Yaping, the first female astronaut to stay in the Chinese space station, brought a larger musical instrument that she would later reveal.

Wang was kind enough to bring gifts to the other two members for the Chinese New Year, which will be a big surprise for them.

A mother of a 5-year-old girl, Wang brought many photos of her adorable daughter and other families and friends.

The question of whether astronauts will be able to eat dumplings on the eve of Chinese New Year, the traditional food of the most important Chinese festival, is one of the most popular topics among netizens.

Not only will they be able to make dumplings, but there will be three different types of stuffing, according to Zang Peng, director of nutrition and food at the China Astronaut Research and Training Center, reported the Xinhua News Agency.

The three types of stuffing are traditional pork and cabbage, mackerel, a delicacy from Shandong province (east China), and the newly developed daylily stuffing.

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