Shenzhou XI return capsule touches down in Inner Mongolia on Nov 18, 2016. Photo: Xinhua
Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Zhang Youxia announced Friday that the Shenzhou XI mission was successful.
Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou XI space mission opened the return capsule's hatch and are reported by the ground team to be in good condition.
The return capsule of the Shenzhou XI spacecraft was found in the main landing area in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region at 2:07 pm Friday Beijing Time, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
The return capsule of Shenzhou-11, which is carrying two Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, separated from the spacecraft's orbiting capsule at noon Friday.
The return capsule entered the return orbit after attitude adjustments, with the two Chinese astronauts onboard reporting that they are in good condition.
The return capsule of Shenzhou-11 separated from the spacecraft's propelling capsule at noon Friday.