Shenzhou 14 Taikonauts will conduct 24 in-orbit medical experiments in space

The Shenzhou 14 Taikonauts has recently planned to stay on the Chinese space station for the duration of about six months. As specified by the China Manned Space Agency on Thursday, the Taikonauts on the Shenzhou-14 manned spacecraft will conduct around 24 in-orbit medical experiments as part of their stay at the space station.

The deputy chief designer of the Chinese manned space program’s taikonaut system, Li Yinghui, stated that these space medical experiments are mainly performed to make a case study on how being light weighted and space travel will affect taikonauts in the future.

What experiments will be conducted by the Shenzhou 14 crew as part of their six months stay?

Shenzhou 14 Taikonauts

The Shenzhou 14 crew is expected to conduct a huge sum of 24 in-orbit medical experiments. These 24 in-orbit medical experiments are to be conducted by the Shenzhou 14 taikonauts in just a smaller span of about six months for which they are going to stay at the Tiangong space station.

Most of these experiments are conducted to make sure that the life of astronauts is not affected by their space travel in the future. This also helps to know how the body mass of each astronaut will contribute to further changes in his body after the space travel. These experiments will also help future astronauts to know the factors that might affect their health after space travel.

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What samples are to be collected for these 24 in-orbit medical experiments?

These kinds of experiments are also performed previously as part of the other satellite launches. The only difference between the previous experimentation and the present one is that, unlike the previous crewed missions, the taikonauts will have their blood, urine, and saliva sample on the Shenzhou-14 mission. In addition to measuring muscle loss and evaluating urine metabolites, it is said that the trio will also use non-invasive optical methods to take the measurements.

In addition to that, the deputy chief designer of China’s manned space program taikonaut system, Li Yinghui, noted that the data collected from the bodies of the astronauts by the previous Shenzhou-12 and Shenzhou-13 crews helped in performing a good job of laying the groundwork for the next crew to explore.

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What is China’s three-person Shenzhou-14 mission?

On June 5, China launched the three-person Shenzhou 14 mission. It is now the third crewed mission for China’s space station project. Assembling and taking care of the construction of the Tiangong space station will be accomplished by the taikonaut trio in cooperation with the ground team. In addition to that, they will also be conducting experiments in the cabinets of the center to study the scientific exploration of life, ecology, and biotechnology. This news is reported by China Daily, a partner of TV BRICS.


The Shenzhou 14 mission including a triple crew is all set to stay at the Tiangong space station for a period of six months. During their long-term stay, the triple crew is expected to perform a lot of activities and take on huge responsibilities. Some of them include taking the responsibility for constructing the space station and making sure that the space travel will not affect the health of the astronauts lately in the future.

However, to be sure of the consequences, the triple crew is also performing a combination of 24 in-orbit medical experiments by taking the body samples of the astronauts. These experiments are conducted by taking the blood, saliva, and urine samples of the taikonauts. In addition to this, the samples also include the measurements of the astronaut’s muscle mass which is measured by using many non-invasive optical methods.

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