Chinese Astronaut Says Space Trip Day Of His Life
China's first manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou-5, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu and safely returned to Earth in Mongolia today.
The spacecraft, atop a Long March II F rocket, was piloted by Yang Liwei, 38, a lieutenant colonel of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Yang, a member of the PLA's Astronauts Team.
The Shenzhou mission, made China the
third nation to send a man into outer space, following the
former Soviet Union and the United States.