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Shenzhou XVII crew returns to Earth

By ZHAO LEI | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-04-30 19:21

Astronaut Jiang Xinlin is out of the return capsule of Shenzhou XVII spacecraft's reentry capsule at the Dongfeng landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, April 30, 2024. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/chinadaily.com.cn]

During the Shenzhou XVII mission, the crew conducted a total of 84 scientific experiments and technological tests in fields including life science, space medicine, and new materials.

More than 200 pieces of samples have been created through these experiments and tests and will be sent back to Earth with the Shenzhou XVII vessel.

The astronauts also carried out two spacewalks that completed the first extravehicular repair operation for the Tiangong, according to the agency.

In the next six months, the Tiangong station will be manned by the Shenzhou XVIII trio, headed by Senior Colonel Ye Guangfu, who arrived at the colossal flying outpost on Friday morning.

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