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The Chinese astronauts have undocked from the Tiengong-1 space station and will return to Earth tomorrow.
Following a separation from the Tiangong-1 at 7:05 a.m. Beijing Time, the manned Shenzhou-10 moved back to a point from where the spacecraft changed its orbit and flew around the target module. Under the command of ground-based professionals, Shenzhou-10 adjusted its flight gesture at a point behind Tiangong-1, and approached and rendezvoused with the target module.
The fly-around and rendezvous was apparently controlled by ground controllers, not the astronauts on board.