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SHENZHOU-12 SPACE STATION CREW RETURNS TO EARTH, Sept 17, 2021, China, ~1:00 am ET

Update, September 15, 11:35 pm EDT: Xinhua reports that the crew undocked at 8:56 am September 16 Beijing time, which was 8:56 pm EDT this evening (September 15).  It did not say when the crew would land.

Update, September 15, 9:25 am EDT:  China still has not said when the crew will return, but Twitter users @LaunchStuff and Andrew Jones (@AJ_FL), reliable sources of information about China’s space program, think it will be between 0514-0544 UTC (1:14-1:44 am EDT) on Friday, September 17 based on a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to keep the airspace clear near the landing site, Dongfeng, in the Gobi Desert.


Original Entry: China’s Shenzhou-12 crew, which launched to the Tianhe space station in June for a 3-month mission, is expected to return to Earth in mid-September.

As is typical, China is providing very little information and has not said when the landing is planned, but the crew arrived on the space station on June 17 so a 3-month mission would have them returning sometime around September 17.

We will post any additional information we get right here.

The crew members are:

  • Nie Haisheng
  • Liu Boming
  • Tang Hongbo

 

Details

Date:
September 17
Time:
1:00 am - 11:00 am