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Main » 2016 » December » 23 » Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to Earth.

Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to Earth.

On November 11, 2016 at 05:59 UTC the Chinese "Shenzhou-11” landing capsule landed safely at the designated area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 2 Chinese cosmonauts - Jing Haipeng (景海鵬) and Chen Dong (陳冬). The landing took place a day after the crew departed the “Tiangong-2” space station. The cosmonauts spent 32 days in space. Jing Haipeng, the mission commander, performed his third space flight after setting the record for the most cumulative time in space by a Chinese citizen with 47 days. Crewmate Chen Dong concluded his first space flight. The cosmonauts came back to Earth after completing China’s longest piloted space mission to date, more than doubling the country’s previous mark. The “Shenzhou-11” mission was the sixth Chinese human spaceflight since the country’s first in 2005. The “Tiangong-2” station should continue its mission for at least two years, and Chinese engineers are preparing to send the country’s first automated cargo spacecraft to the space station in April. The “Tianzhou-1” unmanned supply spacecraft, similar to Russia’s Progress cargo space vehicles, will demonstrate refueling and resupply procedures to show that China can support and service a permanently-occupied space station.

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