Astronauts (L-R) Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping salute after returning to earth in the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft© REUTERS/ CCTV via REUTERS TV
BEIJING, June 26 (RIA Novosti) - A Chinese spaceship carrying three astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday morning after spending two weeks in orbit, Xinhua news agency said.
The return capsule with the three astronauts - two male, one female, touched down at 8:07 a.m. local time at the designated area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The Shenzhou-10, China’s fifth manned spacecraft, took off from the Jiuquan launch center in the northwestern province of Gansu on June 11.
During their mission in space, the astronauts docked twice with the Tiangong-1 space station, which had been in orbit since September 2011.
The Shenzhou-10 is a shuttle craft able to transport astronauts and supplies to orbiting modules.
The mission is designed to test docking and astronaut support technologies, as well as capabilities for the construction of a space platform.
China’s first manned flight into space was in October 2003, aboard the Shenzhou-5.
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- moistChinese travelling in space...09:35, 26/06/2013...are called "Taikonauts", Russian "Cosmonauts" and Americans who obviously havn´t been above that layer in other forms than in Hollywood propaganda stunts, "Astronauts"...
- LocoIvanBoy, you need to get out more often...16:32, 26/06/2013'Americans who obviously havn´t been above that layer in other forms than in Hollywood propaganda stunts'
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A RIA Novosti commentator, named 'moist' would befittingly hold the moniker of Phlegmonaut.
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.