Chinese Microgravity Capsule Lands Safely Back on Earth

china_flagChina’s first retrievable microgravity satellite, SJ-10, landed safely back on Earth on Monday after a 12-day stay in low Earth orbit.

The recoverable capsule from the research probe, launched on April 6, touched down at around 4:30 p.m. at the planned landing area in Siziwang Banner in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, retrievers said.

The capsule was transferred to the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), which will hand over the equipment aboard the capsule to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for further analysis and assessment.

The re-entry capsule separated from the orbital module of the probe about 15 minutes before its landing. The latter will remain in orbit before burning away.

It is the 24th retrievable satellite China has successfully recovered. The landing also marked the first time such a satellite has been recovered in Siziwang Banner.

During its 12-day journey in space, 19 experiments on microgravity and life sciences were carried out on board.