Solar Panels, Model, Shenzhou, 1:40 scale

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    Solar Panels, Model, Shenzhou, 1:40 scale

    Four 1:40 scale model solar panels in gold metallic finish with threaded ends. Two larger and two smaller panels.

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    Solar Panels, Model, Shenzhou, 1:40 scale

    Four 1:40 scale model solar panels in gold metallic finish with threaded ends. Two larger and two smaller panels.

    2 of 2

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

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.