Translate the following passages into Chinese.
Lieutenant Colonel Yang Liwei
became the first Chinese man in space after blasting off
this morning from the Gobi Desert on board the Shenzhou 5
China became only the third country to
achieve the feat, 42 years after Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet
Many aspects of the flight were shrouded in secrecy, but
not the menu for his first meal.
"The astronaut will enjoy himself over a rich variety of
Chinese food," a Chinese Government spokesman said shortly
"We planned the recipes in a scientific way, in such a
way as to ensure that the food will be nutritious enough
for space missions while tasting good."
His first meal consisted of bite-size nuggets of spicy
shredded pork, diced chicken and fried rice cooked "with
nuts, dates and other delicacies."
Colonel Liwei was born in China’s north-eastern Liaoning
province in 1965.
He was chosen from 1,000 fighter-jet pilots, each of
whom had logged at least 1,000 flying hours and flown at
The list of pilots was whittled down to 14 and then to
three in a process similar to that immortalised in Tom
Woolf’s book, The Right Stuff, about finding the
US’s first astronaut.
Colonel Liwei’s flight has been hailed both home and
abroad as evidence of China’s growing status as an economic
and military superpower.
President Hu Jintao, who watched the blast-off at the
Jiuquan Launch Center said it was for "the glory of our
Jiang Zemin, the former president who started the
11-year Shenzhou program, said it was a "historic step of
the Chinese people in the advance of climbing over the peak
of the world’s science and technology."
The launch provoked national celebrations in China with
special editions of the newspaper being published to mark
the occasion. It also provoked some pride and envy in other
President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that the
launch "brings pride to China as to the Asian continent."
India also praised China’s efforts, but UR Rao, the
former head of its space program, said that the Indian
government lacked the political will to send a man into
"It is not that we lack the technological capability. If
the government changes its view (on space programs) then a
manned mission is very much possible. India has the