Gobi Desert - Two humanoid beings are reported to have returned in the 'unmanned' capsule following its successful docking with the mini spacelab Tiangong-1.
Chinese Space Agency officials are denying their existence despite a flurry of internet pix showing 'sentient' creatures in liveried official yuhangyuan space suits.
The returning Shenzhou 8 probe spent 17 days in space amid a blaze of publicity about its proposed bio experiments with frogs, snails and puppy dog tails 'as well as sugar and spice'.
However the official Chinese PR machine claimed research had been confined to experiments with fish, plants, worms, bacteria and diseased humans - er... human cancer cells!
This morning a Chinese space mission source was at pains to rubbish that the intelligent 'aliens' are a carbon copy of faux Brit royals William and Kate, assembled in space in record time for rolling out ahead of next year's Olympics.
But smuggled video footage from the Gobi desert space aerodrome shows the mutants being processed in a decontamination unit ahead of a lively question and answer session with Chinese military top brass.
"This is cold war eugenics gone absolutely potty," someone at NASA's Roswell HQ commented on the story.
"Wanna see pics of the real Wills and Kate emerging from Area 51's hatching pod circa 1982?"