Chinese astronauts return to Earth

Associated Press
In this image made off the monitor screen at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese astronauts, from left, Liu Wang, Liu Yang and Jing Haipeng wave in the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module Monday afternoon, June 18, 2012. They moved from Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to this module three hours after docking Monday. (AP Photo/Beijing Aerospace Control Center via Xinhua) NO SALES

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China's first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on June 29 from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.

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