Long March 2F | Shenzhou-5

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 2F Rocket

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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 2F rocket as part of the Shenzhou-5 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Tue, Oct 14th, 2003, 9:00 PM EDT from Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921), Jiuquan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 2F and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Shenzhou-5

This is the first crewed mission for China's Shenzhou program. Launched in 15 October, it carried the only astronaut aborad, Yang Liwei, on an 21 hour flight. Shenzhou 5 completed 14 orbits, followed by a safe landing back on Earth on the evening of 15 October.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921), Jiuquan

Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 2F

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Crew

Yang Liwei

Yang Liwei

Commander - Chinese

Yang Liwei is a major general, military pilot, and China National Space Administration astronaut. In October 2003, he became the first person sent into space by the Chinese space program. This mission, Shenzhou 5, made China the third country to independently send humans into space.

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