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Chinese Astronauts in Good Shape Following Space Trip

16 October 2005

Two Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth following a five day mission in space.

Astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng reported they were in good health after touching down early Monday morning inside their Shenzhou-6 space capsule.

They landed in northern China about a kilometer away from their intended landing site. After rescue crews got the astronauts out of the capsule, they began a series of medical checks.

The spacecraft blasted off Wednesday, and its time in orbit well surpassed China's first manned mission to space in 2003, which lasted just under 22 hours and was shrouded in secrecy.  Parts of the current mission were shown live on Chinese television

Besides China, only the United States and Russia have sent manned spacecraft into orbit.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.

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