China has launched its first manned space flight from the Gobi desert

From: Walter Nissen (
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 21:34:13 EDT

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    Reuters is reporting the launch in a story from Beijing with a time
    of 02:07 BST (whenever that is, 1:07 UT or 0:07 UT?).
    > The Shenzhou V, or "Divine Ship V", was expected to orbit the 
    > Earth 14 times before returning after about 21 hours.
    > Xinhua said the craft carried astronaut Yang Liwei, 38. 
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