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June 16, 2012

First female astronaut from China and the third country to perform a manned space docking

China has launched two men and the first woman from China into space. The Shenzhou-9 launched Saturday afternoon, carrying Liu Yang and two male astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang. State media aired the launch held at a satellite center in Jiuquan. Liu, 33, was the deputy head of a flight unit in the nation's air force, according to China's Xinhua news agency. Chinese women push for a place in space She is a veteran pilot with 1,680 hours of flying experience, and excelled in space testing after two years of training. If all goes well, the Shenzhou-9 will dock with China's orbiting space laboratory, making the nation the third after the United States and Russia to complete a manned space docking.






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