Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth in a re-entry broadcast live on Chinese television, landing safely in Inner Mongolia. We saw the historic launch and docking earlier this month, and now, after more than a week of running tests aboard the solar-powered Tiangong 1 space module, the crew of three is back. Needless to say, this is another big leap for the country.
The Shenzhou 9 flight was China's fourth manned spaceflight, and the crew of taikonauts--as astronauts are known in the country--includes the first Chinese woman to make the journey into space. The module won't be retired just yet; it could stick around for another two years, officials say, set to accommodate more missions.
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