Chinese astronauts returned to earth after accomplishing a 90-day mission to an unfinished space station on Friday, September 17.
Chinese state media reported that the three astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo, arrived safely in a small return capsule that landed in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia at 1:34 p.m. (0534 GMT).
The Shenzhou-12 mission was the first of four missions arranged for 2021-2022 as the country launched its permanent space station. Nie, Liu, and Tang went through the mission in mid-June, China’s longest space expedition so far.
The astronauts completed certain tasks while in space. They dispatched experiment data back to earth, validated Tianhe’s support system, tested a robotic arm, sorted supplies for future missions, and conducted spacewalks.
The next mission is set to be in October. China will be sending supplies to be used by the Shenzhou-13 mission through Tianzhou-3, an automated cargo spacelift.
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