Authentic  Chinese Shen Zhou-5 Manned Spacecraft Model
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This is a hand made
resin model of China's first manned spacecraft, the Shen Zhou-5.

It is an authentic piece
of China's Space History.

  The Shen Zhou-5 was launched in October of 2003. The first cosmonaut of China, Yang Li-Wei, traveled on the Shen zhou-5 spaceship. As the real Shen Zhou-5, this model consists of a forward orbital module, a re-entry capsule, and an aft service module. The Shen Zhou spacecraft is similar to but larger than the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, with a forward orbital module, descent capsule and instrument section. The main differences from the Soyuz are that the orbital module is cylindrical, has its own pair of solar panels and can be fitted with a docking system.

   The first Shen Zhou spacecraft was launched into orbit by the Long March 2E booster, designated the 2F and equipped with a launch escape system. The spacecraft’s descent capsule was safely recovered after a flight of 21 hours 11 min and 14 orbits. The orbital module remained in space. The capsule’s landing was not perfect and might have injured a crewman. It landed under parachute within Inner Mongolia. Shen Zhou means Divine Ship (God Vessel or Magic Vessel).
   The next flight was on January 9, 2001 and carried a monkey, dog and rabbit to test the life support systems. The Shen Zhou-2 also performed three orbital maneuvers and landed seven days later. It is understood but not confirmed that the capsule was badly damaged. The orbital module remained operational in space.

    This mission was the most ambitious space science flight conducted by China, including more than 60 experiments in life sciences, materials processing and crystal growth. The craft also carried cosmic ray and particle detectors. The experiments were carried in the descent capsule and orbital module and mounted on pallets on the orbital module and instrument section.

The third Shen Zhou flight was launched on March 25, 2002 and was highly successful, leading project officials to launch one more – successful – unmanned flight in late 2002 and the first manned flight in October, with the Shen Zhou-5.

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