China’s new spaceship returns safely to Earth

On Friday, the new Chinese spacecraft prototype “successfully landed”, marking a milestone in its ambitions to lead a permanent space station and send astronauts to the Moon.

The spacecraft – which launched on Tuesday – arrived safely at a predetermined site, the Chinese Space Agency said after a hitch in an earlier part of the key test.

He stated that the structure of the spacecraft cabin had been confirmed on site as being intact.

The test ship was launched with a cargo capsule aboard a new type of carrier rocket from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan.

The space agency said the ship had been in orbit for two days and 19 hours and had completed a number of experiments.

His return also checked the spacecraft’s capabilities such as its resistance to heat.

It is hoped that the spacecraft will one day transport astronauts to a space station that China plans to complete by 2022 – and possibly to the Moon.

Friday, the safe landing followed a hitch in an earlier part of the test when an unspecified “anomaly” occurred during the return of the cargo capsule.