The re-entry module of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft returned to Beijing yesterday afternoon, two days after it touched down in Inner Mongolia and just in time for a hatch-opening ceremony on National Day today. The capsule arrived by train at Beijing Changping Railway Station at about 3.30pm and was delivered to its maker, the China Academy of Space Technology, for checks. Mainland media reported the module had been transported from the landing area at about noon on Monday before being loaded onto a heavily guarded train from Hohhot . Television reports showed it being wrapped in a waterproof cover, with a huge dent visible close to the top. Space experts escorting the module said there were scorch marks on the surface of the module, but the charring was much lighter than on the Shenzhou VI re-entry craft three years ago. A Xinhua report said a preliminary examination of the capsule showed its exterior remained in good shape. Academy experts are expected to open the capsule this morning and conduct extensive tests on everything inside the cabin as well as the parachute used to help the capsule land safely after the successful mission.