Per Wikipedia's Tiangong space station viewed today:

  • Days in orbit: 3 months, 15 days (13 August 2021)
  • Days occupied: 1 month, 27 days (13 August 2021)

Currently it is just the single core module. There have been supply missions and there's currently a crew:

  • Fully crewed: 3
  • Currently aboard: 3

Question: Two months in a single space station module sounds challenging; how are astronauts aboard the Tiangong space station keeping busy?

For reference, this is from way back in June, shortly after arrival:

A day in the life of taikonauts at the CSS

The China space station is up and running with three astronauts, or taikonauts, living in it.

Life in the station has been improved much compared to previous Chinese crewed spacecrafts, with a larger living room and bedrooms, more advanced space suits and more.

The first few days in the space station were dedicated to the unpacking of supplies, especially those from the Tianzhou-2 supply ship. Though working more than eight hours a day, the three taikonauts can still enjoy naps during the noon break. There's also an automatic lighting system to keep a healthy inner clock.


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Information on the taikonauts' daily work is extremely sparse. I don't think a full timeline or schedule for the Shenzhou-12 mission is public. Here is what I can find among Chinese media (mostly CCTV).

  1. First week: unpack supplies, setup living environment. Setup WiFi on 6-20.

  2. 6-23 Telephone with President Xi.

  3. 6-30 Send celebration message to ground, 100th anniversary of CCP.

  4. 07-04 EVA. Setup robotic arm and EV work station. Raise EV camera. Total EVA time: 7 hours.

  5. 7-16 (A typical day) Routine check on the spacecraft. Collect trace elements in the atmosphere. Replace CO2 absorber canisters. Workout. Meeting with ground control and plan for the next day

  6. 7-17 Unpack human system experiment equipment. Start a series of 49 experiments, 14 to be completed by Shenzhou-12 crew.

  7. 7-23 to 8-8 (Among other things) Watch Olympics.

  • $\begingroup$ Aside from snippets like this: twitter.com/China2ASEAN/status/1424309417877508101 - they keep a pretty tight lid on things there. Showing good 'face' is very important in the culture. $\endgroup$ Aug 14, 2021 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ It seems there's been another space walk recently as well. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 27, 2021 at 3:52

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