A trio of Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet.
After a 90-day stay aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming landed Friday.
CCTV, the state broadcaster showed footage showing the spacecraft parachuting into the Gobi Desert to be met by helicopters as well as off-road vehicles.
Minutes later, technicians began to open the hatch of the capsule. The capsule appeared undamaged.
The astronauts performed spacewalks and used a mechanical arm to operate the station.
China has not yet announced when the next crew will arrive.