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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK
In quotes: China's man in space
The following are some of the key quotes as China's first manned spacecraft entered orbit, with Yang Liwei, a 38-year-old fighter pilot, at the controls of the Shenzhou 5 craft.

Yang Liwei

"I feel good."

First comments from space, 34 minutes after launch.

"I will live up to the expectations of the motherland and the people, and will try my best to make every part of the mission successful.

"When I boarded the spacecraft for the first time, I couldn't help feeling excited. I decided that I must fly it."

Speaking before the launch.

Chinese President Hu Jintao

"The successful launch of Shenzhou 5 is the glory of our great motherland"

"As our country's valiant pioneer in space exploration, you shoulder the great expectations of the motherland and the people to realize a dream we have cherished for thousands of years. We look forward to your triumphant return."

Wen Wei Bao, Hong Kong-based, pro-China newspaper

"Hong Kong people today can have a better understanding of the saying that 'Hong Kong benefits from every progress the motherland has made'"

NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe

"This launch is an important achievement in the history of human exploration"

Gansu Daily, newspaper for Jiuquan launch site

"Finally, the time has come to realise the 1,000-year dream of flying dreamed by the sons and daughters of China."

Japan's cabinet secretary Yasuo Fukuda

"We want to offer our congratulations for the success from the bottom of our heart."


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