Biographies of Taikonauts (yuhangyuans)

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Liwei
 

People's Republic of China

Personal data

Birthdate:  21.06.1965
Birthplace:  Suizhong County / Liaoning Province
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  ??.01.1998
Selection group:  China-1
Position:  Pilot
Status:  Ret. ??.??.200?

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Shenzhou V  Commander  15.10.2003 21h 23m 
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Total  21h 23m 
           

Additional information

Joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) at 18; was a Lieutenant Colonel during his mission; he was promoted to Colonel after he landed; the PLA claimed his promotion was approved but wasn't announced before the mission, to not disturb his concentration; Air Force pilot; in 2008 promoted to Major General; graduated from the No 8 Aviation College of the PLA Air Force in 1987 with a bachelor's degree and went on to log 1350 hours of flight experience as a fighter pilot; honorary doctorate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; selected to the first Chinese cosmonaut (yuhangyuan) detachment; hobbies: swimming, skating and playing at outdoor; was vice-director of China Astronaut Research and Training Center; Currently the Deputy Director of the Project 921 Office.

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Last update on December 21, 2011.