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15/10/2003 First taikonaut is sent into space


shenzhou 5: first chinese in space


Launch of Manned Chinese Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft

China has sent its first man, Yang Liwei, into space. The taikonaut is Chinese term for an astronaut. He flew aboard Shenzhou 5 spacecraft. Its design was similar to Russian Soyuz but larger. The mission duration was 21 hours, 22 minutes, 45 seconds. Return module landed in inner Mongolia.