Credit: CNSA/CCTV/Inside Outer Space Screengrab

China’s trio of Taikonauts have returned to Earth. The Shenzhou-12 crew — Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo — touched down on September 17 at the Dongfeng landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Credit: CNSA/CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab



The crew spent three-months in Earth orbit, the first sent to begin assembling China’s space station.

Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab



On June 17, the Shenzhou-12 spaceship was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China and docked with the space station core module Tianhe. After docking, the three astronauts entered the core module and began their three-month stay in space.

During the space trek, the crew carried out two extravehicular activities, ran a set of space science and technology experiments, some dedicated to the continuous construction and operation of the space station. Also evaluated, were recycling and life support system gear, as well as station operations and in-orbit maintenance.

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One Response to “China Shenzhou-12 Crew: Back On Earth”

  • Ben says:

    I was amazed at how much the capsule swung back and forth as it came down. Also the fuel dump a few min before landing was kinda surprising.

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