China to Send Another Female Astronaut to Space

March 7, 2013
By Gu Ruizhen,Ren QinqinEditor: Yang Zixin

Zhou Jianping, member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and designer-in-chief of China's manned space program, said on March 6, 2013 that three Chinese astronauts, including one woman, are expected to board the Shenzhou-10, the country’s new manned spacecraft.


China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang. Liu, 35, is one of the three astronauts who were sent in the Shenzhou-9 spaceship to complete China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. [File photo]
China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang. Liu, 35, is one of the three astronauts who were sent in the Shenzhou-9 spaceship to complete China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. [File photo]

The Shenzhou-10 is expected to launch sometime between June and August and dock with the orbiting lab module Tiangong-1.

"Tianggong-1 will not dock with other manned spacecraft after this. It will be used as a scientific experiment," he added.

Zhou also said that the astronauts are still under training and undergoing the selection process. "The three astronauts will stay in orbit for 15 days, including 12 days when they will work inside the coupled complex of the Shenzhou-10 and Tiangong-1," said Zhou.

The Tiangong-1 was sent into space in September 2011. It later docked with the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft in November 2011 and with the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft in June 2012.

(Source: Xinhua/translated by womenofchina.cn)

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