Three Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 3 months ‘in the sky’

Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after 3 months in the sky - Photo 1.

Three Chinese astronauts, Nie Haisheng (56 years old), Luu Ba Minh (54 years old) and Thang Hong Ba (45 years old) have returned to Earth safely after a 3-month mission – Photo: CCTV

Today, September 17th, Three Chinese astronauts have safely returned to earth after 3 months of living and working in orbit, a record time for Chinese astronauts.

Thus, they have completed 3 of the more than 10 necessary missions of China’s first space station project.

The Shenzhou 12 (Shenzhou-12) spacecraft successfully separated from the Tianhe (Tianhe) core module on September 16.

By page China Daily NewsThe Shenzhou 12 spacecraft carrying the aforementioned astronauts landed at a desert landing site in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern China at 13:34 pm on September 17.

Live video broadcast by Chinese media showed medical staff and support teams being taken by helicopter to the landing site. An employee planted the Chinese national flag near the Shenzhou spacecraft.

Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after 3 months in the sky - Photo 2.

The Shenzhou 12 spacecraft successfully landed in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern China on September 17 – Photo: XINHUA

According to China Central Television (CCTV), the Chinese astronauts will be quarantined for 14 days before they are allowed to go home “because their immune systems may have weakened after a long mission.” .

On June 17 this year, taustralian Shenzhou 12 The three astronauts on board were launched by the Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch site in the Gobi desert in northwest China.

Shenzhou 12 successfully connected to with the front gate of the Tianhe core module on the same day, forming a 3-module complex with the cargo ship Tianzhou 2 (Tianzhou-2).

The moment Chinese astronauts were brought back to Earth on September 17 – Video: CGTN

The three Chinese astronauts participating in the Shenzhou 12 mission are Nie Haisheng (56 years old), Liu Baming (54 years old) and Thang Hongbo (45 years old). Mr. Nie Hai Thang is the team leader.

They lived in the 16.6-meter-long Thien Hoa core module. Three people performed the spacewalk, installed and tested the equipment on the Tiangong space station.

Before the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft separated from the Tianhe core module, the astronauts transferred the experimental data back to Earth.

The launch of the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft is the third mission in less than two months to implement China’s space station program. Previously, China successfully launched the Tianhe core module on April 29 and the cargo ship Tianzhou 2 on May 29.

It is expected that after 11 missions, by 2022, China will complete the construction and put into operation the Tiangong space station. If the International Space Station (ISS) is really “retired” in 2025, Thien Cung will become the only space station in space at that time.

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