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          China's Shenzhou


China's first astronaut Yang Liwei flashes a victory sign, after the door of capsule to spacecraft Shenzhou V was opened upon landing, on the Inner Mongolian grasslands of northern China, October 16, 2003.  Reuters/Xinhua


China's first taikonaut  Yang Liwei, 38, a Lieutenant colonel of the People's Liberation Army, boards the spacecraft 'Shenzhou V' at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu, October 15, 2003. China's Long March CZ-2 F rocket, carrying the manned spacecraft, blasted off successfully into orbit.



Lieutenant colonel Yang Liwei, is  seen inside the Shenzhou V spacecraft orbiting the earth



China's Shenzhou V to beshipped to Beijing by a special train, Oct. 17, 2003.   (Photo/Xinhua)


China's Shenzhou III April 1, 2002.     (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Gang)

The first man in space Yury Gagarin, completed
a 108-minute orbit.

A Chinese TV broadcast showed the Shenzhou VII spaceship landing in the steppe of
China's northern Inner Mongolia at 09:37 GMT on September 28 2008.


  Peter Illig. Star City, Russia   October 2000

Soyuz Descent Module

Another View
courtesy astronautix.com, friends-partners.org

Anousheh Ansari, before Launch to the International Space Station, at Baikonur Cosmodrome, abord the  Soyuz spacecraft: First female tourist, first female Muslim, and first Iranian in orbit.    Sep. 2006.
(Shamil  Zhumatov / Reuters)

Anousheh Ansari
Her family sponsored the $10 million Ansari X-Prize, awarded in 2004, to encourage private companies to develop manned spacecraft.


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