Shenzhou is a spacecraft designed by the People's Republic of China to support its manned spaceflight program.
On October 15, 2003, an indigenous Long March 2F launch vehicle sent China's first manned Shenzhou spaceship into a projected orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia. To mark this event, the China National Philatelic Corporation issued a commemorative cover.
After orbital entry of the Shenzhou spaceship, china's first astronaut conduced various planned scientific experiments successfully.
After completing various planned experiments, the return module of the Shenzhou spaceship landed safely in a predetermined area in Siziwang Banner (County) of Inner Mongolia in October 2003, and the first astronaut of China returned to the ground in good conditions.