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]|
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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