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|Chinese Astronauts Landed On Earth After 15 Day Mission by Wakins(m): 5:57am On Jun 26, 2013|
The astronauts travelled on the
Shenzhou-10 craft to China's space
laboratory, the Tiangong-1.
They completed manual docking
exercises and astronaut Wang Yaping
gave a video lecture to students back on
The Shenzhou-10 is China's fifth manned
space mission and came 10 years after
China first sent an astronaut into space.
State TV showed the capsule touching
down in grassland in the Inner Mongolia
region at around 08:07 local time (00:07
The mission control centre burst into
applause after the crew were reported to
be safe and well, reports said.
Mission commander Nie Haisheng was
the first to exit the capsule at 09:31
(01:31 GMT), followed by colleagues
Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang.
The astronauts needed time to allow
their bodies to adjust to Earth's gravity
before emerging from the space capsule,
Chinese media said.
Mr Nie, who has been on one previous
space mission, has now spent more
hours in space than any other Chinese
astronaut, having clocked up over 470
hours across his two missions, China's
state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Wang Yaping, China's second
woman in space, delivered the country's
first space lecture from the Tiangong-1.
China plans to eventually put a
permanently manned space station
above the Earth
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