Shenzhou Space Project (Shénzhōu Jìhuà 神舟计划)|Shénzhōu Jìhuà 神舟计划 (Shenzhou Space Project)
China began work on its Shenzhou Space project in 1992. Since 1999, the project has successfully launched seven spacecraft, three of which were manned (starting with the Shenzhou-5 in 2003), and one of which (in 2008) included a space walk. The space program is a source of national pride, a demonstration that China has the technology to keep pace with other developed countries.
China began planning for manned space flight in the