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October
Shenzhou 5 display added to Chinese Manned Space Technology Exhibition at Space Museum

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The Chinese Manned Space Technology Exhibition now under way at the Hong Kong Space Museum will be extended to December 1, a spokesman for the museum announced today (October 22).

"Starting on Monday, October 27, the exhibition will be enriched with a display on China's first manned space mission by the Shenzhou 5 Spacecraft and astronaut Yang Li-wei," said the spokesman.

The Shenzhou 5 Spacecraft lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on October 15 at 9am; its recovery module landed safely in Inner Mongolia on October 16 at 6.23am. The success of this first manned space flight opened a new page in the history of China and her space programme.

The exhibition surveys the history of China's manned space programme. It takes a detailed look at the technology of the spacecraft and their escape systems and features models of the Shenzhou (Divine Vessel) Spacecraft and the Changzheng (Long March) 2F Rocket. Visitors can also watch a video of the Shenzhou 5 launch.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is open from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

For enquiries, please call 2721 0226.

Ends/Wednesday, October 22, 2003

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