Three Chinese astronauts, who took off aboard the Shenzhou-15 spacecraft to join the Tiangong Space Station for six months, returned to Earth this Sunday, June 4.
A mission qualifies as a “Total Success”. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth this Sunday, June 4. They took off aboard the Shenzhou-15 spacecraft to join the Tiangong space station for six months.
The copper-colored capsule landed in the north of the country, in Inner Mongolia, news agency Chine nouvelle reported. The three astronauts, Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu, managed to leave the device in “good physical condition,” according to the same source.
Pictures released by state media showed medics attending to the trio, dressed all in white, upon their arrival. The latter placed the astronauts in blue blankets at the end of extracting the three men from their capsule.
The trio spent six months at Tiangong Space Station conducting various on-site experiments and spacewalks. Last week, three more Chinese astronauts, including a civilian in a historic first, were sent into orbit on the Shenzhou-16 mission to the station.
Keen to compete with the United States and Russia in this field, Beijing has invested billions of dollars in its space programs in recent years.
China’s goal is to send a man to the moon by 2030.