China has named the female astronaut who on Saturday is set to become the nation's first woman in space.
Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot, will join two male colleagues on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, state-run news agency Xinhua says.
The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 space station module, as China bids to establish a permanent space base in orbit.
Liu will work on the mission with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang.
"From day one I have been told I am no different from the male astronauts," Ms Liu was quoted by state broadcaster CCTV as saying before her assignment was announced. "I believe in persevering. If you persevere, success lies ahead of you," she said.
The Shenzhou 9 mission, China's fourth manned space flight and its first since 2008, is expected to blast-off at 18:37 local time (10:37 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in China's north-west Gansu province. The astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 - an experimental module currently orbiting Earth - and carry out scientific experiments on board. Last year, China completed a complicated space docking manoeuvre when an unmanned craft docked with the Tiangong 1, or Heavenly Body, by remote control.
This is definitely a great news to the Chinese scientific progress, as well as a validation of its growing international strength and maturity.
Profile for Astronaut Liu Yang
- Born in Henan province and an only child - Married, with no children - Air force pilot with rank of major - Member of Communist Party - Honoured as a "model" pilot in March 2010 - Landed a plane safely after it was struck by 18 pigeons - Goes by "little flying knight" on the QQ instant messaging service - Has been described as having a penchant for patriotic speeches
On June 16 2012 18:20 Ramong wrote: Congratulation, good for her!
But I heard that the only reason she is there is for PR, being a woman, this true?
Ah, because everything from China is always suspicious right? Would you rasie the same doubts if this happened in the USA or France or even Cuba? This China hatewagon is getting really old.
Hatewaggon? Noone doubts USA or France would have female astronauts, thus noone would question it. Cuba I don't know about. What you should do is question why people don't swallow everything like this coming out of China straight up.
Anyway, just from the OP she sounds like an impressive lady. I dislike overly patriotic types though (no matter nationality).
On June 16 2012 18:35 WTFZerg wrote: She's a Major in the Chinese Air Force, which I assume means she flies the pinnacle of Chinese aeronautics, a kite.
I kid, I kid.
I would not look too far into "omg she's a girl" but at any rate, congratulations to her.
I wouldn't call her a girl, but a woman or female
I think it's great that women get to do the same stuff men get to do, even if it was only for PR. All these little things help in creating an equal society between men and women. And anyone that is like I don't care she's a woman is on the right track, anyone else that thinks she will probably fail in some manner for being a woman, should go back to their cave to start a fire because this thoughprocess has no place in 2012.
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- One does not simply walk into a bar and start calling the shots.
- Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
On June 16 2012 19:09 Daniel C wrote: Not to be outdone, North Korea today announced that the country's late leader Kim Jong-il had, in fact, been born a woman and had already flown to the moon by the tender age of 9.
you might wanna add he did that without a spaceship