Shenzhou-12 returned: How important is the parachute?
The three taikonauts aboard China's Shenzhou-12 spacecraft naturally get most of the attention during discussions of their historic 90-day mission. But on their return to Earth, a key piece of equipment takes a starring role: the giant parachute that softens their landing. China's self-developed parachutes have escorted all Shenzhou spacecraft back to Earth smoothly. One is on display in the lobby of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).