Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching
Center; landing on the grasslands of the Gobi Desert, in central Inner Mongolia
(in Dorbod Xi).
Shenzhou V was the first Chinese manned spaceflight.
China became the third country in the world to have independent human
spaceflight capability after the Soviet Union (later Russia) and the United
States. President Hu Jintao attended the launch. Yang
first message from space was, that "everything goes smoothly" and that he felt
good. During the mission he had two resting times of each three hours. The
Shenzhou is based on the three seat Russian Soyuz capsule, but with extensive