February 1, 2003 - The Columbia breaks up upon re-entry during mission STS-107, killing all 7 crew members. It is the second loss of a shuttle in 113 shuttle flights.
October 15, 2003 - Yang Liwei is first Chinese man in space aboard Shenzhou 5.
July 21, 2011 - With the landing of the 135th and final space shuttle mission, U.S. human spaceflight program ends.
June 2012 - China plans to launch the Shenzhou 9, carrying three taikonauts/astronauts, on course to rendezvous with Tiangong-1, a mini-space station, in their first manned space docking venture. Two crews prepare for the mission, each with a female crewman; Major Liu Wang and Captain Wang Yaping, both Air Force fighter pilots.
June 16, 2012 - Chinas launches Shenzhou 9 with a crew of 3, Liu Wang, Jing Haipeng and Liu Yang, from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in western Gansu province. Liu Wang is the first female taikonaut to go into space.
June 11, 2013 - China launches Shenzhou 10 with a crew of 3 astronauts on a 15-day mission.