CNN's Talk Asia: China's first man in space Yang Liwei
The Chinese space program has really taken off since then, in 2008 Zhai Zhigang became the first taikonaut to make a spacewalk, and in a few years China is aiming to blast off its first female taikonaut.
Even with setbacks such as the Sichuan launched Indonesian satellite not making its correct orbit earlier this month, China is plowing ahead with ambitious plans for their space program.
You can watch his interview this week on CNN International at any of the times below.
CNN's Talk Asia
ALL TIMES GMT
Wednesday, Sep 30: 13.30
Thursday, Oct 1: 04.30
Saturday, Oct 3: 12.00, 21.30
Monday, Oct 5: 00.30 GMT