Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 6 months in space…Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth as part of the “Shenzhou-13” mission after spending six months on the Chinese space station. This mission will become the longest manned mission to date in Beijing’s history. The “Shenzhou-13” mission is another milestone in Beijing’s ambitious space programme to catch up with the United States, Europe, and Russia.
Chinese astronauts return to Earth after longest crewed mission
After opening its “red and white” parachute, the Shenzhou-13 mission vehicle with the crew of a woman and two men landed just before 10:00 in the Inner Mongolia desert in northern China. The landing was broadcast live on Chinese state television.
The crew includes Zhai Zhigang, 55, the first Chinese to go into space in 2008; Wei Guangfu, 41, who is making his first space flight; and Wang Yaping, 41, who became the first Chinese woman to go into space in November.
With a stay in space of 183 days, the Chinese crew broke the previous national record for the longest stay in space, which was 92 days and was set in 2021 during the last human mission, “Shenzhou-12.”