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Latest Chinese women in space Stories

2009-07-09 08:50:00

China is planning to send its first woman into space as early as 2012, the state media announced on Thursday. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, joined the program in 2003 and is now responsible for finding new recruits for their space program. "I believe Chinese women will soon be seen in space," said Yang during a webchat. Sui Guosheng, a recruitment officer with the Chinese Air Force, said the female astronaut is expected to go into space in 2012. The potential female astronauts would...

2005-07-25 22:10:05

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will put a woman in space no later than 2010, the China Daily reported on Tuesday. The world's third country to put a man into space would start choosing pilots, scientists and engineers for its first wave of female astronauts next year, the newspaper said. "It is true women aviators have some advantages in terms of flight experience and physique, but we need payload experts with strong science and engineering background to do experiments in outer space," Hu...

2005-07-15 09:27:20

BEIJING (AP) -- China hopes to launch its second manned space mission in October, two years after its first flight, a state newspaper reported Friday. Earlier reports said the government planned to launch a two-man crew into orbit in September or October on a five- to six-day flight. The Shenzhou VI capsule will "preferably be launched in early October," Sun Weigang, director of the Space Department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., said in the report in the China Daily...