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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, members of the search team approach the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft in Siziwang Banner of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 29, 2012. The Chinese space capsule with three astronauts aboard returned Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future permanent station. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Ren Junchuan) NO SALES

Chinese astronauts return to Earth

China's first female astronaut

and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned

safely to Earth on June 29 from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module

that is a prototype for a future space station.