Chinese astronauts return to Earth

Three astronauts land in China safely as the Premier hails the successful space mission.

    The mission makes China the third country
    to complete a space walk [AFP]

    After the trio had been given medical examinations inside the capsule, Zhai, 42, said that he was "proud of his motherland".

    The three had stayed inside the module for nearly an hour as they re-adjusted to the Earth's gravity.

    Premier Wen Jaibao was among the country's leaders who applauded the successful mission.

    Planned moon landing

    Wen said to mission control that the three astronauts were "heroes" and China's exploration programme had been peaceful in its intent.

    He said: "The complete success of the manned Shenzhou 7 is a great stride forward for China's space technology."

    China's third manned space mission makes it the third nation to complete a spacewalk, along with Russia and the US.

    While in orbit the astronauts completed experiments and Zhai undertook a 20-minute spacewalk in a $4.5 million spacesuit.

    Scientists consider experience in spacewalking as being important to develop the capacity to construct a space lab and space station and eventually to land on the moon.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.