China’s Shenzhou 16 manned spacecraft carrying three astronauts undocked from China’s Tiangong National Orbital Station on Monday to return to Earth. Interfax reported this with reference to the Office of the Manned Flight Program of the People’s Republic of China.
Three cosmonauts arrived at the orbital station in May of this year and worked there for five months. The ship and its crew are scheduled to land at the Dongfeng training ground in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The current mission into orbit became the fifth expedition of Chinese cosmonauts to the Tiangong station.
The crew of the Shenzhou-17 mission, which also consists of three people, will continue to work at the station. They arrived at the station on October 26 and will spend five months there.