China to send its first woman into space

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 13:00 in Psychology & Sociology

Two fighter pilots battle it out for honour of joining manned mission to Tiangong-1 space labOne of two female fighter pilots will become the first Chinese woman in space later this month, after the two were shortlisted for a place in the three-person team that will blast off in the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, the state news agency Xinhua said.Chinese media described Major Liu Yang, from Henan, as a "hero pilot" who achieved a successful emergency landing after a dramatic birdstrike incident spattered the windshield of her plane with blood.Meanwhile, her rival, Captain Wang Yaping, from Shandong, is said to have flown rescue missions during the Sichuan earthquake and piloted a cloud-seeding plane to help clear the skies of rain for the Beijing Olympics in 2008."They are selected as members of the first batch of female astronauts in China because of their excellent flight skills and psychological quality," said Xinhua.This month's mission...

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