HONG Kong–A trio Chinese astronauts returned to Earth Friday, after spending three months in space. This set a new record for China’s longest orbital stay. China is pursuing an ambitious space program .
China has achieved many milestones this year in space, such as the April launch of the first part of its orbit station and May’s landing of the rover on Mars . As the Chinese call themselves, the three “taikonauts” (or astronauts) have been celebrated because China’s achievements in space are compatible with an .era of increased nationalism.