1118 GMT June 26, 2022
The Iranian ambassador to China on Sunday congratulated the successful Saturday landing of a Shenzhou spacecraft and its three astronauts to the Chinese people and government, calling for greater cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in the field of space technology and industry.
Making the remarks in a tweet, Mohammad Keshavarz-Zadeh said, “#Shenzhou_13 #Taikonauts has returned home. Congratulations to the government & people of #China for this great achievement and warm welcome to Chinese astronaut who picked the stars!#Iran and China cooperation on space is achievable.”
The three Chinese astronauts, the second team sent to orbit on board the Shenzhou-13 for space station construction, completed their six-month mission and returned to Earth safely on Saturday, according to english.news.cn.
The return capsule of the Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship, carrying astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced in early January that it will complete the building of its space station in 2022, according to english.news.cn.
The country will see 40-plus space launches in 2022, including multiple manned space flights, the company said at a recent conference on its future plans ahead of the new year.
It plans to launch two cargo craft, two Shenzhou spaceships and two laboratory modules of China’s planned space station within the year, it added.
Other missions relating to the space station include in-orbit rendezvous and docking, extravehicular activities and spacecraft return, according to the company.
The Long March-6A carrier rocket will also make its maiden flight in 2022.
China conducted 39 space launches in 2020, sending 89 spacecraft into space.