BEIJING, Nov. 3 -- Three astronauts who completed China's longest manned space mission have been awarded for their outstanding service to the country's space programs.
The Tsang Hin-chi Space Development Fund decided to award Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping for their contributions in China's manned space program. They were the crew members of the Shenzhou-10 manned space mission.
More than 50 scientists were also awarded by the fund.
Tsang Hin-chi, the chairman of Goldlion Holdings Ltd, spent 100 million HK dollars (12.9 million U.S. dollars) to establish the Tsang Hin-chi Space Development Fund in 2004. Its goal was to attract more people to Chinese space programs.
Shenzhou-10 was sent into space on June 11 and returned to Earth on June 26.
During its 15-day journey, Shenzhou-10 docked with the orbiting space lab Tiangong-1 twice, once automatically and the other manually.
The astronauts spent 12 days in Tiangong-1, where they conducted space-specific medical experiments, technical tests and delivered a lecture to students on Earth about basic physics principles.