WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, a member of the House Space Subcommittee and the representative of Johnson Space Center, released the following statement today on the Chinese launch of Yang Liwei into space:

“I would like to welcome China into the human space flight club. As only the third nation to successfully launch a manned spacecraft, China truly has achieved an amazing feat with the launch of Shenzhou V. I wish Yang Liwei a safe return and look forward to future peaceful Chinese space missions.”