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Shenzhou Five

China became the third country to create a manned space program with the launch of Shenzhou Five on October 15, 2003.

The rocket carried a single taikonaut, Lt. Col. Yang Liwei. The launch occured at 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. EDT, October 14) from the launch site in the Gobi Desert. The spacecraft entered orbit 10 minutes after launch.

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