China’s Shenzhou 13 astronauts land after record mission

China’s record-setting Shenzhou 13 mission is in the books. A Shenzhou spacecraft carrying three astronauts landed safely in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Friday (April 15) just before 10 pm EDT (0200 GMT), about 9 hours after departing from the core Tianhe module of the country new Tiangong space station. It was Saturday … Read more

China’s record-setting Shenzhou 13 crew preparing for mid-April return to Earth

China’s three Shenzhou 13 astronauts are preparing to return to Earth after a national record six-month-long mission in orbit aboard the Chinese space station. Commander Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu launched on Shenzhou 13 from Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert on Oct. 15, 2021, docking with the still-under-construction Chinese space station hours later. … Read more