Shenzhou XV crew lands in Inner Mongolia

By Zhao Lei | | Updated: 2023-06-04 06:37
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Astronaut Zhang Lu is out of the return capsule of the Shenzhou XV manned spaceship at the Dongfeng landing site in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region June 4, 2023. The return capsule of the Shenzhou XV manned spaceship, carrying astronauts Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region safely on Sunday. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/]

Deng trained 25 years only to wait for an opportunity to fly into space, becoming an icon of Chinese astronauts' perseverance and devotion.

Sitting in front of the landing capsule, Deng said his experiences over the past 25 years had reinforced his belief in the power of dream and persistence.

"No matter how old I am, knowing that I could be summoned to serve the motherland is always the happiest thing to me," he said.

Zhang recalled that he often tried to spot China, his hometown in Hunan province as well as the Dongting Lake when the Tiangong space station flew over the country.

"Though these places were often hidden by thick clouds, they were always in my heart and mind. We will go back to training as soon as our body condition permits. We will always be ready to return to space to contribute to this great 'New Era' and fulfill the duties given by the Party and the people," he said.

After the interview, the astronauts were moved into special vehicles for health checks.

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