Model, Shenzhou, 1:40 scale


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

On 15 October 2003, Chinese pilot Yang Liwei became the first Chinese national to orbit the Earth. With the launch of the Shenzhou 5, China became the third nation to launch a human into Earth orbit. This model is currently the best available representation of this event. The DSH collections rationale calls for an increased representation of non-U.S. activities in space. In addition this object is a diplomatic gift that came directly from the government of China and reflects the Chinese desire to increase world-wide knowledge of their activities in space.

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China gave this model to the Museum in 2004.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Diplomatic Gift of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.

Country of Origin



Wood, brass, paint, gold colored coating, metal


3-D (Including Base): 8.7 × 8.7 × 32cm (3 7/16 × 3 7/16 × 12 5/8 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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