Shenzhou-10 Lands Safety in Inner Mongolia
Shenzhou-10 and its three crew members returned to earth safety yesterday after completing its longest manned space mission. This is just one major step towards its goal of building a permanent space station by the year 2020. The return capsule touchdown in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia at 8:07 am which was also shown through a live state TV feed.
The technicians quickly opened the craft’s hatch and peered inside to check the safety of the crew. Applause was heard across mission control once the word came that the crew was safe. Commander Nie Haisheng was the first to emerge from the capsule at 9:31 am and was followed by Wang Yaping the female astronaut and Zhang Xiaoguang. After emerging from the craft Nie said that his only wish for the motherland is to thrive even more in their quest for space and for their people to be more supportive and happier for their country’s dream. He also thanked the nation for their concern and support.
Highlights for the 15 day mission was the docking of Shenzhou-1o with Tiangong-1 the country’s orbiting space module which was intended to prepare for the construction of the planned space station. During their time in space Wang gave science lessons to children via video feed from space on how certain objects behave in zero gravity. Also the crew did medical experiments.
In 2003 China sent its first human in space, but lag behind in the capabilities compare to the Unites States and Russia but the country’s space program is ambitious and includes a plan to land a man on the moon.