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China’s Shenzhou-17 threesome returned to Earth today, parachuting safely into the Dongfeng landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Shenzhou-17 crew members, Tang Hongbo, Tang Shengjie and Jiang Xinlin, rocketed into Earth orbit last October, living and working aboard China’s space station for nearly a half-year.

Shenzhou 17 crew.
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A well-rehearsed armada of search and rescue teams made use of aircraft, and related hardware to quickly handle the Shenzhou-17 landing.

In-orbit handover

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Last week, China launched the Shenzhou-18 piloted spacecraft, sending three more astronauts — Ye Guangfu, Li Cong and Li Guangsu — to the country’s space station for another six-month mission. That trio entered the station and met with the Shenzhou-17 crew on Friday for an in-orbit crew handover within the station’s Tianhe core module.

China Shenzhou-17 crew member engaged in EEG testing.
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According to China’s CGTN, the just-landed Shenzhou-17 crew carried out 84 in-orbit experiments and tests for space application, producing more than 200 samples in multiple fields such as space life science and biotechnology, space medicine, and space material science.

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