19 November 2016
Samples from space material and plant growth experiments carried out on China's space lab Tiangong-2 are in good condition and have been delivered to scientists for further research, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 19 November 2016. The material and plant samples were retrieved after the successful landing of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft's reentry module on 18 November.
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18 November 2016
China will start a third round of astronaut selection in 2017, an official from the Astronaut Center of China said on 18 November. Huang Weifen, deputy chief designer of the astronaut system with the center, made the announcement at a press conference after the Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 mission came to completion on 18 November afternoon.
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18 November 2016

18 November 2016
Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou 11 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 11 spacecraft was spotted in the main landing area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 2:07 p.m. 18 November Beijing Time.
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18 November 2016
Two astronauts who completed China's longest-ever manned space mission returned to Earth safely 18 November afternoon. Zhang Youxia, Commander-in-Chief of China's manned space programme, announced that the Tiangong 2 and Shenzhou 11 manned flight mission, which lasted over a month, was a "complete success." Zhang Gaoli, vice premier and a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, delivered a congratulatory message from the CPC Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission at the command center of China's manned space programme in Beijing.
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17 November 2016
The spacecraft Shenzhou 11, which is carrying taikonauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, separated from the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab at 12:41 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time. The separation marks the beginning of the journey home for the two men, after having lived and worked in Tiangong 2 for 30 days, the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts. Before the separation, the astronauts extended their thanks and respect to their ground team and to everyone who had supported China's space programme.
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