Chinese Astronaut Back Safely A space capsule carrying the first Chinese astronaut lands safely Wednesday afternoon, following 21 hours and 14 orbits of the Earth. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford and NPR's Richard Harris.
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Chinese Space Capsule Returns to Earth

Chinese Space Capsule Returns to Earth

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China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, 38, flashes a victory sign from inside the capsule of the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft after returning safely to Earth. Reuters Limited Copyright 2003 hide caption

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A space capsule carrying the first Chinese astronaut lands safely Wednesday afternoon, following 21 hours and 14 orbits of the Earth. With the flight, China becomes the third nation to successfully send a human to space, but the event has received little attention in the United States. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford and NPR's Richard Harris.