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China Launches 1st Female Astronaut and 2 Men to Space Lab
The crew of China's Shenzhou-9 mission, set to launch in June 2012, waves. L to R, Liu Yang (China's first female astronaut), Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang.

China puts its first woman into orbit

June 16, 2012

China put its first woman into orbit on Saturday, June 16, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country's ambitious space program.