Chinese astronauts leave space station after 90 days
... the journey home is expected to take at least 30 hours.
Baku, Jale Akbar, İnteraz - 16 September 2021, 13:26
Three astronauts, who lived 90 days aboard China's space station, set off to return to Earth on Thursday.
The National Space Agency reported that Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou12 spacecraft and left the space station.
The spacecraft successfully separated from the space station's core module called Tianhe.
Astronauts have already broken China's record for most time spent in space.
After their departure to the station on June 17, team leader Nie, astronauts Liu and Tang went on two spacewalks to deploy a 10-metre mechanical arm.
Astronauts had a video call with President Xi Jinping.
Before leaving, the team completed the evacuation work, such as adjusting the position of the space station complex, arranging the experimental data, and arranging the materials with the support of the personnel on Earth.
The journey home is expected to take at least 30 hours.
Before leaving, Nie and his colleagues thanked all the staff for their 24-hour support and dedication.