The Chinese ship Shenzhou-12 arrived this weekend on Earth with three taikonautas on board, from the space station that the Asian country is preparing to be operational next year.
Images broadcast live on state television CGTN showed the capsule making landfall “vertically” at around 1:34 pm local time (05:34 GMT) on Friday at the Dongfeng landing zone in the desert. from Gobi, in the northern Chinese province of Inner Mongolia.
Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming y Tang Hongbo They thus return to Earth exactly three months after they were put into orbit.
Reception teams on the ground operated the capsule from outside upon landing and made the necessary preparations prior to disembarkation of the ‘taikonautas’, as cosmonauts are called in China.
Upon their departure, they will be evacuated from the landing zone bound for Beijing, where they will undergo various medical tests, according to CGTN.
From the control base, they pointed out that the return had occurred successfully.
According to the China Manned Mission Space Agency, “the personnel of the Shenzhou-12 has worked and lived on the space station for 90 days, a record for life in space on a single mission for taikonautas “.
This Thursday, the Shenzhou-12 it began the journey back to Earth after undocking from the space station at 08.56 local time (00.56 GMT).
What did they do in space?
Last June, the astronauts returned today headed to the central module Tianhe (“Heavenly Harmony” in Mandarin) to perform space station tuning work Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”), whose operations are scheduled to begin in 2022.
According to the state news agency Xinhua, the space station will orbit the Earth at an altitude of between 340 and 450 kilometers, and is designed to last about 10 years, although experts cited by the source are confident that with proper maintenance it can endure more than 15 years.
With information from EFE
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