China honors Shenzhou-15 mission astronauts with medals

Three astronauts from the Shenzhou-15 crewed mission were awarded medals for their service to China's space endeavors on Thursday.  

Fei Junlong, the mission commander, was honored with a second-class aerospace achievement medal, while Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu each received the honorary title of "Heroic Astronaut" and third-class medals.

The awards were given by the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission.

(Cover: The Shenzhou-15 crewed mission, Zhang Lu, Fei Junlong and Deng Qingming (L-R), meets the press in Beijing, July 31, 2023. /CFP)

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