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Chinese Astronauts Return From Landmark Mission
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WATCH: The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft touched down in China's northwestern Inner Mongolia early on June 29 after nearly two weeks in space. The three crewmembers included Liu Yang, China's first female space traveler. Chinese media have hailed the mission, whi

A Chinese spacecraft with three astronauts on board has returned to Earth.

The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft touched down in China's northwestern Inner Mongolia early on June 29.

Inside was Liu Yang, the country's first woman sent in space, along with two male colleagues.

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Beijing has hailed the nearly two-week mission as a technical breakthrough for the country's growing space program and a test critical to its goal of building a space station by 2020.

The launch and docking exercises with the experimental Tiangong 1 space-lab module were carried live on state television.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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