China Launches Its First Female Astronaut into Space

On June 16, amid much media hype, China launched the Shenzhou-9 space capsule. Aboard the vessel was Liu Yang, 33, a former fighter pilot and China's first female in space.

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On June 16, amid much media hype, China launched the Shenzhou-9 space capsule. Aboard the vessel was Liu Yang, 33, a former fighter pilot and China’s first female in space.

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