www.chinaview.cn 2003-10-15 09:06:35
JIUQUAN, Gansu, Oct. 15 (Xinhuanet) # China’s first manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou-5, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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, was trained at home.
The Shenzhou mission, if successful, will make China the third nation to send a man into outer space, following the former Soviet Union and the United States.