The first astronauts of the Chinese space station returned to Earth after a record stay of 90 days

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Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth today after a record 90-day stay on the Chinese space station under construction, China’s public broadcaster CCTV reported.

The crew had taken off from China in mid-June. The Shenzhou-12 mission was the longest ever carried out by the Chinese in space.

The capsule carrying the Chinese astronauts landed today at around 13:35 (local time, 08:35 Greek time) in the Gobi Desert (northwest China), according to images broadcast by CCTV.

The Shenzhou-12 mission was the first of four manned missions designed for space 2021-2022, as China assembles its first permanent space station. The process requires 11 shipments.

The second manned mission is scheduled for October and the next group of astronauts will remain in space for 6 months.

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