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Chinese astronauts back home after historic 6-month mission in space

  • Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Saturday after successfully completing a six-month mission aboard China’s Tiangong space station.
  • Shenzhou 13’s crewmembers Wang Yapin, Ye Guangfu and commander Zhai Zhigang spent 183 days on China’s unfinished space station
  • The astronauts conducted two spacewalks, performed a variety of tests and held virtual lectures for students on Earth.
  • Wang became the first Chinese woman to conduct a spacewalk and the first Chinese woman to visit the station’s Tianhe module.
  • China plans to complete the station by the end of 2022 with the launch of two lab modules, Wentian and Mengtian.

Following a six-month mission aboard China’s Tiangong space station, three Chinese astronauts successfully made their return to Earth over the weekend.

Also known as “taikonauts,” the crew of the Shenzhou 13 landed in the Inner Mongolia desert at 9:56 a.m. (local time) on April 16. The spacecraft is the second of four planned crewed missions and the fifth of 11 total missions to finish constructing Tiangong.

American Kids Want to Be YouTube Stars While Chinese Kids Want to be Astronauts, Survey Shows

A new survey claims that children from the United States and United Kingdom would prefer to be YouTube stars while those from China want to be astronauts.

As part of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Harris Poll on behalf of LEGO had conducted a survey that asked 3,000 children to choose from five different professions that they would like to have when they grow up. The choices available included: astronaut, musician, professional athlete, teacher, or vlogger/YouTuber.