Shenzhou in Space

Not sure if it already have been mentioned, but China’s first piloted spaceflight is a success.
(Though I am not sure why the article is dated 15th Oct…)

It’s dated 15 October 2003, because that’s when they launched their first manned spacecraft, Shenzhou V. What may have confused you is that they just launched their second manned flight, Shenzhou VI.

Here’s the write-up on their current flight.

The first one was just “spam in a can”, like the early US and Soviet ones, the passenger being Yang Liwei. Flight lasted just over 21 hours.

But on this one Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng have rather more control over the craft’s flight.