18 November 2016
Two astronauts who completed China's longest-ever manned space mission returned to Earth safely 18 November afternoon. Zhang Youxia, Commander-in-Chief of China's manned space programme, announced that the Tiangong 2 and Shenzhou 11 manned flight mission, which lasted over a month, was a "complete success." Zhang Gaoli, vice premier and a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, delivered a congratulatory message from the CPC Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission at the command center of China's manned space programme in Beijing.
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18 November 2016
Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou 11 space mission opened the return capsule's hatch and are reported by the ground team to be in good condition. The return capsule of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft was spotted in the main landing area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 2:07 p.m. 18 November Beijing Time.
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17 November 2016
The spacecraft Shenzhou 11, which is carrying taikonauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, separated from the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab at 12:41 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time. The separation marks the beginning of the journey home for the two men, after having lived and worked in Tiangong 2 for 30 days, the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts. Before the separation, the astronauts extended their thanks and respect to their ground team and to everyone who had supported China's space programme.
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14 November 2016
"We want to study the growth rhythm and the flowering of plants in micro-gravity conditions," says Zheng Huiqiong, Chief Scientist in charge of plant research on Tiangong-2, and a researcher with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). "So far, the plants on Tiangong-2 have been growing well. Some Arabidopsis thaliana are blooming, and the rice is about 10 centimeters tall," Zheng says.
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16 November 2016
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are currently on a 33-day space journey and acting as Xinhua special correspondents. On Tuesday, they talked with their copy desk on Earth for the first time.
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12 November 2016
The satellite that China launched into space last year to explore dark matter - thought to be the invisible part of the cosmos - has already detected 1.6 billion particles, officials said on 12 November. Scientists will now have to analyse the information gathered to try to understand what makes some matter five times more abundant than which is visible - composed of atoms - and thought to form the greater part of the universe.
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