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Chinese taikonauts return to Earth after longest country’s mission in space

11:53, 17 September 2021
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 Three Chinese taikonauts have successfully landed on Earth after finishing the longest crewed cosmic mission in the country's history.


The crew spent 90 days at the Tianhe module on the Chinese space station, which was approximately 240miles (380km) above Earth.

The Chinese success in space indicates growing confidence and capability in the cosmos.

Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Honbo had entered the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the space station on Thursday. Chinese spacemen landed in the Gobi desert in Inner Mongolia at around 13:35 local time on Friday, the desert from which they had taken off to space. Their departure took place on June 17.

Chinese astronauts have conducted various tasks during their time in space, including transmitting experiment data back to Earth and finishing hours-long spacewalks, China’s Global Times said.

The module of the space mission is said to be sophisticated as it contains separate living spaces for each of the spacemen and even a space gym with specially developed treadmill and bicycle, according to Global Times.

China has its own space stations in the cosmic domain, partially due to the country being excluded from the International Space Station project.

In 2019, China became the first country to send a robotic rover to the far side of the Moon.