The mission didn’t end perfectly, either. While Yang was equipped with a tent, a knife and even a gun to use in case he landed away from his designated site, that wasn’t the problem. No, it was the touchdown itself that did him some damage. In fact, Chinese news reports showed the astronaut leaving the capsule with bloody lips after a particularly bumpy re-entry and landing.
Still, Yang’s time in space was the culmination of five years of training. Of 13 potential candidates to be the first Chinese person in space, it was Yang who was chosen. Consequently, he spent nearly a day orbiting the planet, eating specially designed packets of food and drinking herbal tea.