Beijing: Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth on Wednesday after a 15-day trip to space.

The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft made a safe landing in Gobi desert in inner Magnolia.

Commander-in-chief of China's manned space programme Zhang Youxia announced that the Shenzhou-10 mission was successful after the three crew members landed safely.

The Shenzhou-10 carried the country's second woman astronaut Wang Yaping who came out of the module along with the commander of the mission Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguan.

Wang successfully conducted a 40-minute space lecture in orbit for millions of Chinese students on Earth.

Nie, commander of the Shenzhou-10 space mission, said, "I feel really good to return home. The space is our dream, and China is always our home. We wish our homeland would grow more prosperous and the people live more affluent lives."

(Agencies)

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