Once, undergoing a high-speed accelerator test, Yang Liwei felt as if all the blood in his body was rushing into his brain and as if a thousand or more fish were swimming round in his body. He felt giddy, and was unsteady on his feet.
After a long period of low-pressure training, he felt as though his body had expanded, and as if his internal organs were about to burst. For a while it seemed as though his lungs could not take in air, and that he was about to die from lack of oxygen.
The training course contained hardships unimaginable to an outsider, and many people dropped out – but not Yang Liwei.
He passed the tests with flying colors. The course lasted five and a half years, with three thousand hours of study in all. Every night he slept for less than 7 hours. From beginning to end, a high degree of concentrated training was required. Finally, the man who had shown the best results and consistently outstanding qualities would shoulder the task of piloting the Shenzou Five space shuttle on China’s first manned space flight.
就这样，杨利伟坚持了 5年零 6个月，一共 3000多个学时，每天睡眠时间不足 7小时，始终如一地保持着高度集中的受训状态。最后，凭着全优的成绩和最为全面的综合素质脱颖而出，肩负起首飞的使命，成为 “神舟五号 ”的航天员。