The Shenzhou Mission Was a Complete Success

Beijing, April 16 (reporter Zhao Zhuqing) – according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, at 9:56 Beijing time on April 16, 2022, the return module of Shenzhou 13 manned spacecraft successfully landed at the Dongfeng landing site. The on-site medical supervision and medical insurance personnel confirmed that the astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and ye Guangfu were in good health and the Shenzhou 13 manned mission was a complete success.

At 9:06, the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center issued a return command through the ground measurement and control station, and the orbital module of Shenzhou 13 manned spacecraft was successfully separated from the return module. At 9:30, the spacecraft returned to the brake engine and ignited, and the return module was separated from the propulsion module. After the successful landing of the re-entry module, the search and rescue unit responsible for the search, rescue and recovery task found the target in time and arrived at the landing site at the first time. After the return cabin door was opened, the medical supervision and medical insurance personnel confirmed that the astronauts were in good health. Relevant leaders of the mission headquarters of the manned space engineering space station phase greeted the astronauts at the Dongfeng landing site.

The Shenzhou 13 manned spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 16, 2021, and then docked with the Tianhe core module to form a combination. Three astronauts entered the core module for a six-month stay, setting a new record for the continuous on orbit flight time of Chinese astronauts. During the astronauts’ in orbit flight, they successively carried out two out of cabin activities, carried out a number of scientific and technological practical (Trial) tests such as manual teleoperation rendezvous and docking and manipulator assisted cabin segment transposition, and verified the key technologies such as astronauts’ long-term residence support, regenerative life support, space material supply, out of cabin activities, out of cabin operation and in orbit maintenance. Taking advantage of the gap between missions, the astronauts also conducted two “Tiangong classroom” space lectures, as well as a series of distinctive popular science education and cultural communication activities.

The complete success of Shenzhou 13 manned mission marks the successful completion of the mission in the key technology verification stage of the space station, and the Chinese space station is about to enter the construction stage.

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