Another step forward for China’s manned space program.
China has announced that on Saturday (06/16/12) it plans the next momentous step in its space program—a historic space docking mission that will include its first female astronaut.
A Chinese Long March-2F rocket, carrying a Shenzhou-9 manned capsule, is scheduled for launch at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. ET), carrying female astronaut Liu Yang, along with two male astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang.
Liu, 33, was formerly the deputy head of a flight unit of the Chinese Air Force, and is air force major. She is a veteran pilot with 1,680 hours of flying experience and two years of astronaut training. …
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