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China’s new area pill lands safely to end first uncrewed test flight

China’s new area pill lands safely to end first uncrewed test flight
Home News Spaceflight China's next-generation crew capsule successfully returned to Earth today (May 8) after nearly three days in orbit.The capsule, which has not yet been named, launched on a Long March 5B rocket on May 5 on an uncrewed test flight that represents an important step toward China's goal of building a space station…

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This still from a CCTV news report show's China's next-generation space capsule after its uncrewed test flght and landing on May 8, 2020 in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

( Image credit: CCTV)

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An artist's illustration of China's next-generation space capsule for astronauts in orbit.

An artist’s illustration of China’s next-generation area pill for astronauts in orbit. ( Image credit: China Academy of Area Technology)

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China's next-generation space capsule for astronauts is seen during preparations for its first uncrewed test launch in May 2020.

China’s next-generation space capsule for astronauts is seen during preparations for its very first uncrewed test launch in Might2020 ( Image credit: China Academy of Space Innovation)

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China's next-generation space capsule for astronauts is seen during preparations for its first uncrewed test launch in May 2020.

China’s next-generation area pill for astronauts is seen during preparations for its first uncrewed test launch in Might2020

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