Solar Panels, 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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

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


Brass, gold colored coating


  • 3-D (Large Panels, Each): 19.9 × 5 × 0.8cm (7 13/16 × 1 15/16 × 5/16 in.)
  • 3-D (Small Panels, Each): 11.5 × 5 × 0.8cm (4 1/2 × 1 15/16 × 5/16 in.)

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MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

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