Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after 90 days


Posted on 17 September 2021


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On Friday, three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after a 90-day stay on their country's first space station, the country's longest mission to date. After undocking from the space station on September 16, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship shortly after 1:30 p.m. (0530 GMT). The spaceship was seen parachuting into the Gobi Desert, where it was met by helicopters and off-road vehicles, according to state broadcaster CCTV. A crew of technicians began opening the capsule's hatch, which seemed to be undamaged, minutes later. After three months in zero gravity, the three astronauts exited around 30 minutes later and were positioned in reclining seats immediately outside the capsule to enable them time to acclimatise to Earth's gravity. On September 17, the three were scheduled to fly to Beijing. 


Key Points

  • On Friday, three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after a 90-day stay on their country's first space station, the country's longest mission to date.

  • The spaceship was seen parachuting into the Gobi Desert, where it was met by helicopters and off-road vehicles, according to state broadcaster CCTV.


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