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Shenzhou-9 re-entry module transported to Beijing

2012-07-01 01:26:48 GMT2012-07-01 09:26:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Staff members take out the articles carried in the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2012. A ceremony was held in Beijing on Sunday to open the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. The articles carried in the re-entry capsule were handed over to their belonging organizations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Shi Junjie (R), vice president of China Academy of Space Technology, hands over the negative of the first news photo of Xinhua News Agency carried in the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to Zheng Wei, representative of Xinhua's Photo News Department, in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2012. A ceremony was held in Beijing on Sunday to open the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. The articles carried in the re-entry capsule were handed over to their belonging organizations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows the articles carried in the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in Beijing, capital of China. A ceremony was held in Beijing on Sunday to open the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. The articles carried in the re-entry capsule were handed over to their belonging organizations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Staff members open the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2012. A ceremony was held in Beijing on Sunday to open the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. The articles carried in the re-entry capsule were handed over to their belonging organizations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The re-entry module of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft was transported and handed over to its developer and manufacturer in Beijing.

The re-entry module landed in Gobi desert of Inner Mongolia and brought three Chinese astronauts back safely on Friday after a more than 12-day mission to test manual space docking in a low-earth orbit.

Being transported by railway train, the re-entry module was handed over from staff who picked it up in its landing zone to scientists with China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) at Changping Railway Station in Beijing's north suburb.

Engineers with the CAST will open the re-entry module on Sunday and conduct complete exam on its interior and exterior as well as the parachute and heat shield.

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