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China astronauts return as heroes

After making the country’s first spacewalk, three Chinese astronauts returned safely to Earth on Sunday. They landed in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region.

Mission commander Zhai Zhigang, 41, was watched on television by countless millions around the globe as his 15-minute spacewalk vaulted China into ranks of the United States and the former Soviet Union as the only nations to complete a spacewalk.

China sent its first man into space in 2003 and followed up with a two-man mission in 2005.

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