17 November 2021
A video released on 16 November shows Zhai Zhigang, a crew member of Shenzhou 13, practicing tai chi on the Tiangong-1 space lab module with flowing and graceful movements. The tradition of Chinese astronauts practicing tai chi started in 2012 when the country's Shenzhou 9 crew member Liu Yang first did so in space and called the experience comfortable. Before returning from the Shenzhou 12 mission in September, taikonaut Nie Haisheng also practiced tai chi on board the Tianhe core cabin during an Earth-space video call with Hong Kong youths. Apart from doing tai chi, Chinese taikonauts also play ping pong, ride a stationary bike and run on a treadmill to help train their breathing.
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