Yang Liwei

1965 - Today

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Yang Liwei (Chinese: 杨利伟; born 21 June 1965) is a Chinese major general, former military pilot, and former taikonaut of the People's Liberation Army. In October 2003, Yang became the first person sent into space by the Chinese space program. This mission, Shenzhou 5, made China the third country to independently send humans into space. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yang Liwei has received more than 371,739 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Yang Liwei is the 96th most popular astronaut (up from 104th in 2019), the 727th most popular biography from China (down from 723rd in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Yang Liwei ranks 96 out of 556Before him are Dick Scobee, Leonid Kizim, Alfred Worden, Stuart Roosa, Aleksandr Serebrov, and Kathryn D. Sullivan. After him are Anatoly Berezovoy, Valery Ryumin, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov, Deke Slayton, Dirk Frimout, and Scott Carpenter.

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Among people born in 1965, Yang Liwei ranks 98Before him are Stéphane Peterhansel, Ulf Kirsten, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Kim Bodnia, Yvan Attal, and Kevin James. After him are Chris Penn, Angela Gheorghiu, Svetlana Medvedeva, Kyra Sedgwick, David Robinson, and Robert Bilott.

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In China

Among people born in China, Yang Liwei ranks 727 out of 1,610Before him are Cheng Pei-pei (1946), Zhang Gaoli (1946), Andrew Yao (1946), Faye Wong (1969), Nicholas Poppe (1897), and Shi Lang (1621). After him are Thonmi Sambhota (618), Ann Hui (1947), Jin of Xia (null), Wang Bo (650), Bai Ling (1966), and Jiong of Xia (null).


Among astronauts born in China, Yang Liwei ranks 1After him are Shannon Lucid (1943), Liu Yang (1978), Taylor Wang (1940), Fei Junlong (1965), Nie Haisheng (1964), Jing Haipeng (1966), Liu Boming (1966), Liu Wang (1969), Wang Yaping (1980), Chen Dong (1978), and Zhai Zhigang (1966).