Liwei Yang signed photo
Yang Liwei and his Shenzhou 5 spacecraft’s flight on the 15th October 2003 established China as only the third nation to send a person into space.
About 21 hours after the spaceship blasted off from the Gobi Desert carrying the nation's first ''Taikonaut,'', a lieutenant colonel in the Chinese military, the re-entry capsule separated from the propulsion module and began descending toward Earth, according to the official New China News Agency. State television said the capsule entered China's airspace at roughly 6 a.m. and continued its descent to the ground.
Colonel Yang, who is expected to become China's newest hero, took a short, congratulatory telephone call from the Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao. The 38-year-old astronaut was reported to be in ''good spirits'' and was first shown in brief television footage emerging from the capsule in his space suit and then waving to cameras
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