Official media gave the mission blanket coverage yesterday, to the point where they even competed with one another over extra features. Just minutes after the Shenzhou V reached its orbit, China Central Television began flooding the airwaves with reports on the mission and astronaut Yang Liwei. China Youth Daily began distributing a four-page extra edition in downtown areas like Wangfujing and Tiananmen Square and copies were snapped up in minutes. The news was also broadcast on large TV screens in Wangfujing, attracting crowds of shoppers. 'This is an historic moment and I want to keep a record,' one woman said as she took a picture of the screen. Internet websites also blanketed their homepages with news of the launch. Sina - one of the most popular - updated its homepage with a series of photographs of Colonel Yang displaying the national flag and a UN flag in his capsule. Evening newspapers also published special reports. However, the Shanghai Xinmin Evening News was unusually low-key in its coverage. The story did not make it to the front page, which was taken up by a report on the third plenum of the 16th Communist Party Congress that ended in Beijing on Tuesday. But it still devoted five pages to the launch, using material from Xinhua and its reporters in Jiuquan. One report was dedicated to Colonel Yang, describing him as a model family man who went back every weekend to visit his wife, who has a kidney problem, look after their eight-year-old son and do the housework. Papers in Beijing went further, with many publishing eight-page specials. Yesterday's fanfare stood in stark contrast to the state-run media's attitude leading up to the launch. CCTV was told just days ago that its previously planned live broadcast would be scrapped.