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Shenzhou 5  — was the first human spaceflight mission of the Chinese space program, launched on 15 October 2003. The Shenzhou spacecraft was launched on a Long March 2F launch vehicle. There had been four previous flights of unmanned Shenzhou missions since 1999. China became the third country in the world to have independent human spaceflight capability after the Soviet Union and the United States.

Shenzhou 5
COSPAR ID 2003-045A
SATCAT № 28043
Mission duration 21 hours, 22 minutes, 45 seconds
Orbits completed 14
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Shenzhou
Launch mass 7,790 kilograms (17,170 lb)
Crew
Crew size 1
Members Yang Liwei
Start of mission
Launch date 15 October 2003, 01:00:03 (2003-10-15UTC01:00:03Z) UTC
Rocket Chang Zheng 2F
Launch site Jiuquan LA-4/SLS-1
End of mission
Landing date 15 October 2003, 22:22:48 (2003-10-15UTC22:22:49Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 332 kilometers (206 mi)
Apogee 336 kilometers (209 mi)
Inclination 42.4 degrees
Period 91.2 minutes

Shenzhou 5 insignia.PNG


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Shenzhou 5 (simplified Chinese: 神舟五号; traditional Chinese: 神舟五號; pinyin: shénzhōu wǔ hào) — was the first human spaceflight mission of the Chinese space program, launched on 15 October 2003. The Shenzhou spacecraft was launched on a Long March 2F launch vehicle. There had been four previous flights of unmanned Shenzhou missions since 1999. China became the third country in the world to have independent human spaceflight capability after the Soviet Union (later, Russia) and the United States.