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Chinese astronauts' 33-day space trip wraps up


11-19-2016 05:27 BJT

Full coverage: China Tiangong-2 Space Lab Launch

Every adventure comes to an end, and it is the same for China's space heroes, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong. The two astronauts have wrapped up their month-long journey in space and returned home.

Jing and Chen boarded the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft to embark on their space odyssey on October 17th. The rocket departed from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China. Two days later, the astronauts entered the Tiangong-2 space lab that was launched in September from the same center.

During their stay, Jing and Chen worked for eight hours a day, six days a week. The two completed more than 40 experiments over the past month, such as cultivating lettuce and raising silkworms in zero-gravity. Their 33-day journey is so far the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts. Previously, the longest space trip involving Chinese astronauts was the 15-day Shenzhou-10 mission in June 2013.

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