Three Chinese astronauts back on Earth

Three Chinese taikonauts back on Earth

Here you can check out what it looked like when three Chinese taikonauts landed on Earth after spending almost six months on the new Chinese space station Tiangong.

The three astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe left Earth on June 5 this year and have spent the past few months working on completing Tiangong.

Last week, three new astronauts arrived at Tiangong which means that the space station will be permanently manned, making Tiangong the second permanently manned space station after the International Space Station ISS.

Tiangong is expected to be fully completed before the end of the year and it is scheduled to be in operation for at least the next 15 years.

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Tiangong, officially the Tiangong space station, is a space station constructed by China and operated by China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) in low Earth orbit between 340 and 450 km above the surface. Being China's first long-term space station and the core of the "Third Step" of the China Manned Space Program (CMS), it has a mass between 90 and 100 t, roughly one-fifth the mass of the International Space Station and about the size of the decommissioned Russian Mir space station.

Wikipedia on Tiangong space station
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