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China's Shenzhou-16 astronauts ready to return after in-orbit crew handover
SOURCE: xinhua     UPDATED: 2023-10-31
The Shenzhou-16 taikonauts handed over control of the Tiangong space station to the newly arrived Shenzhou-17 crew on Sunday, said the China Manned Space Agency.

The two crews held a handover ceremony after the Shenzhou-16 taikonauts had completed all set tasks. They are due to return to Earth on Oct. 31 aboard the Shenzhou-16 spaceship.

The Dongfeng Landing Site, located in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is preparing for the return of Shenzhou-16 from space.

This will be the fifth mission the landing site has conducted to recover a manned spacecraft and the crew.

Ground personnel have undergone various search and rescue exercises for the upcoming mission, the landing site said.