Shenzhou XIV crew return to Earth

By Zhao Lei | | Updated: 2022-12-04 20:10
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Astronaut Liu Yang is out of the return capsule of the Shenzhou XIV manned spaceship at the Dongfeng landing site in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Dec 4, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

After preparatory work, ground personnel carried out the astronauts one by one to place them onto chairs in front of the capsule.

A lot of equipment used in the recovery operation had been added with additional cold-proof layers to resist against the chilly temperatures in the landing region, as low as minus 14 degrees Celsius.

In their chairs, the astronauts shared their feelings with a group of domestic reporters, saying they are proud of the motherland and the country's space programs.

Then they were moved into special care vehicles to take health checks.

Carrying Chen's team, the Shenzhou XIV spacecraft undocked from the Tiangong station at 11:01 am on Sunday.

On Friday evening, the Shenzhou XIV team handed over the control of the Tiangong station to the Shenzhou XV crew.

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