After 10 years of training, Yang Liwei finally made his flight into space, making a part of China's history being the 1st Chinese person to venture into space on China's 1st manned orbital flight craft the Shenzhou V. With the success of the first flight, China will land itself a spot on the International Space Station (ISS). On the station China will have equal status with space powers that were established 40 years ago.
In China's future they foresse their own space station up and operating, serviced by the Shenzhou spacecraft. "China is expected to complete its first exploration of the moon in 2010 and will establish a moon base just as we did on the North and South Poles. " promised Ouyang Ziyuan, head of China's moon exploration program. He launched the country's national science and technology week in Beijing. After its first man in space, China plans a space laboratory, a lunar orbiter to look for valuable elements and minerals, robot landings on the moon, and then human touchdown. A second piloted flight might be launched as early as six months after the first. Xie Mingbao, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, called Yang's flight "just the first step." He said coming flights would include space walks, rendezvous and docking of multiple Shenzhou capsules and construction in orbit of a space station and laboratory.
Chinese officials have said that they will launch a human into space by 2005 and hinted at the future missions to the moon. Officials with the Chinese National Space administration, quoted in the Chinese Media, said that the 1st astronaut or taikonaut, would be launched before 2005.