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
. 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
s 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 modifications.