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Chinese Astronauts Make It Home Safely

Three Chinese Astronauts made it home safely Sunday in their space capsule after spending almost three days in low earth orbit and finishing China's first spacewalk, the New York Times reported.

The capsule was located around 5:40 p.m. Beijing time after the Shenzhou VII spacecraft floated down by parachute and landed on the grasslands of north China. The astronauts were helped climb out of the space capsule by a search and rescue team.

The three astronauts spoke on national television briefly after emerging, and appeared to look well.

China said the space mission was "a major breakthrough" for their space program, which has a long-term goal of sending a man to the moon.

"It was a glorious mission, full of challenges but the result is perfect," one of the astronauts, Zhai Zhigang, said after emerging from the space capsule.

Over the past decade China has spent billions of dollars on their space program, and is only the third country to send humans into space with its own space capsule. Russia and the United States are the other two.