Human Spaceflights

International Flight No. 236

Shenzhou V

People's Republic of China

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Launch, orbit and landing data

Launch date:  15.10.2003
Launch time:  01:00 UTC
Launch site:  Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center
Launch pad:  1
Altitude:  331 - 338 km
Inclination:  42.408°
Landing date:  15.10.2003
Landing time:  22:23 UTC
Landing site:  41,3° N, 111,4° E

walkout photo

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Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position Flight No. Duration Orbits
1  Yang  Liwei  Commander 1 21h 23m  14 

Crew seating arrangement

Launch
1  Yang
Landing
1  Yang

1st Double Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Zhai  Zhigang  Commander

2nd Double Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Nie  Haisheng  Commander

Flight

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.

Yangs 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.

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