Shenzhou 1 to 6

Author(s): Thomas Tarrants (Sirius_Alpha) DaveBowman2001 Jack Higgins

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The Shenzhou spacecraft is a Chinese crewed spacecraft developed under Project 921, which started development in 1992. It resembles the Soyuz in design, but noticeably larger. It first flew unmanned in 1999, and it carried its first taikonaut to space in 2003 during its fifth mission. Since 2021, the Shenzhou is the primary transport vehicle for taikonaut crews to and from the Tiangong Space Station


  • The "Go-to Object" button will automatically take you to Shenzhou 5. To successfully view it and other missions, refer to the dates given on the Table provided below
  • This addon only includes the first six Shenzhou missions from 1999 to 2005
  • See the Shenzhou 7 and Shenzhou 8 to 17 addons to view later missions from 2008 to the Present Day

Mission Start End
Shenzhou 1 1999-Nov-191999-Nov-20
Uncrewed test flight lasting 21 hours
Shenzhou 2 2001-Jan-92001-Jan-16
Carried a monkey, a dog and a rabbit inside the reentry capsule
Shenzhou 3 2002-Mar-252002-Apr-1
Carried an anthropomorphic dummy to test out possible physiological human responses
Shenzhou 4 2002-Dec-292003-Jan-5
Final dress rehearsal mission before crewed spaceflight
Shenzhou 5 2003-Oct-15
Flight of Yang Liwei, the first taikonaut in space
Shenzhou 6 2005-Oct-122005-Oct-16
Five-day mission with Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng aboard
Timeline of the first six Shenzhou flights from 1999-2005

Yang Liwei inside the Shenzhou 5 capsule shortly after landing, 2003-Oct-15

The crew of Shenzhou 6, Nie Haisheng (left) and Fei Junlong (right), training for their upcoming flight on October 2005

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