Chinese astronauts return after 90 days in space

On Friday, three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth. Following a 90-day stay on China’s first space station, the country’s longest mission to date.

After undocking from the space station on Thursday morning. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo arrived in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship shortly after 1:30 p.m. (0530 GMT).

The spaceship was parachuting into the Gobi Desert. Where it was welcome by helicopters and off-road vehicles, according to state broadcaster CCTV. Also a crew of technicians began opening the capsule’s hatch, which looked to be intact, minutes later.

After three months in zero gravity, the three astronauts exited approximately 30 minutes later. In addition were send in reclining recliners immediately outside the capsule to enable them time to acclimate to Earth’s gravity. On Friday, the three were arrange to fly to Beijing.

Chinese Astronauts Mission Commander Words

“I am certain that with China’s expanding power and improving level of technology. There will be even more astronauts who will establish new records,” mission commander Nie told CCTV.

The three astronauts went on two spacewalks, deployed a 10-meter (33-foot) mechanical arm. Also had a video chat with Communist Party leader Xi Jinping after launching on June 17.

While China’s military, which controls the space program, has released few specifics. Astronaut trios, on the other hand, are may be send to the International Space Station. On 90-day trips over the next two years to completely operationalize it.

The identities of the next group of astronauts. As well as the launch date for Shenzhou-13, have yet to be make public by the government.

Since 2003, when it became just the third country after the former Soviet Union and the United States. In order to send astronauts into space on its own, China has flown 14 men into space.

Chinese Space Program Progress

China’s space program has progressed at a steady pace. However avoiding many of the issues that plagued the US and Russian space programs. During the heady early days of spaceflight when they were a part in fierce rivalry.


As a result, it has become a source of immense national pride. Which is complimenting the country’s recent ascent to economic, technical, military, and diplomatic significance. IN addition under the strong leadership of the Communist Party and current leader Xi Jinping.

After being denied access to the International Space Station in the 1990s. China began its own space station program, primarily due to US concerns about the Chinese space program’s secrecy.

China has also pressed on with unmanned missions, putting a rover on the Moon’s little-explored far side. Also returning lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s in December with the Chang’e 5 probe.

China also landed its Tianwen-1 space mission on Mars this year. In addition with the Zhurong rover following behind to search for signs of life.

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