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Chinese astronauts preparing for return to earth

2008-09-28 05:24:48 GMT2008-09-28 13:24:48 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

The video grab taken at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center on Sept. 27, 2008 shows Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang waving while walking out of the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

The video grab taken at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center on Sept. 27, 2008 shows Chinese taikonauts (L-R) Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming talk on the spacecraft Shenzhou-7 with Chinese President Hu Jintao who is in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 27, 2008.(Xinhua Photo/Chen Jianli)

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese astronauts onboard the spacecraft Shenzhou-7 started preparing on Sunday morning for the return trip to the earth after accomplishing China's first spacewalk on Saturday afternoon.

The three taikonauts were taking on in-cabin space suits at 11:10 a.m. and control data for the return trip would be sent to the spacecraft.

The Shenzhou-7 spacecraft took off from northwest China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, and is scheduled to land on the Inner Mongolia steppe at about 5:40 p.m. on Sunday.

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