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Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 16:07

Shenzhou-11 astronauts honored with medals

By Xinhua

Shenzhou-11 astronauts honored with medals
Astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong meet reporters at a news conference Sunday about the launch of Shenzhou XI at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. (Feng Yongbin / China Daily)

BEIJING - Two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spaceflight mission were awarded medals for their service to China's space endeavors.

The Shenzhou-11 mission is part of China's ambitious plan to build a permanent manned space station

Jing Haipeng , 50, commander of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, was honored with a first-class aerospace achievement medal, and Chen Dong, 38, was  conferred a third-class medal and the honorary title "heroic astronaut."

Launched on Oct 17, Shenzhou-11 docked two days later with China's first space lab, Tiangong-2, where the two astronauts lived for 30 days, the longest time Chinese astronauts have spent in space.

It was the third space mission for Jing, who also participated in the Shenzhou-7 and Shenzhou-9 missions. It was Chen's first space mission.

The Shenzhou-11 mission is part of China's ambitious plan to build a permanent manned space station.

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