Chinese astronaut. The country's first person in space, Lt Col Yang was launched on 15 October 2003 aboard the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft for a flight that lasted 21 hours and 23 minutes. His reentry capsule landed by parachute in Inner Mongolia.
Yang was born in Suizhong County in Liaoning Province in northeast China. He joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1983 and graduated from aviation college of the PLA air force in 1987. He became a pilot and in 1999 was selected with 13 others to train for the space flight at the Astronaut Training Base in Beijing and at the Jiuquan Launch Centre.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.