Sun, September 28, 2008
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China's third manned spacecraft returns after spacewalk mission

2008-09-28 09:56:13 GMT2008-09-28 17:56:13 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-7 space module carrying three taikonauts landed by parachute Sunday afternoon in China's northern grassland, the mission ground control center announced.

Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming, and Jing Haipeng came back from a 68-hour flight, which included a monumental 20-minute spacewalk on Saturday.

The cylindrical module parachuted softly onto a landing site in central Inner Mongolia, where about 300 search and rescue staff waited.

They will be taken to a hospital in the Inner Mongolian capital Hohhot for medical examination and are scheduled to fly back to Beijing on Monday.

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