China to Potentially Send First Female into Space

Posted on October 31, 2011


In the hopes of building a functioning space station by 2020, the Chinese Xinhua news agency announced today that by next year, China may send its first woman into space.

 This announcement came as China said it would launch the Shenzhou VIII, an unmanned spacecraft.  The mission is to carry out the country’s first space docking with a module that is already orbiting the earth.  This module is named the Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Space.”

 If successful, the Chinese government will launch two more spacecrafts next year for more docking missions.  Xinhua reports that one of these spacecrafts will be manned, and two female astronauts are among those being trained for the mission.

 The Shenzhou VIII will blast off from the Gobi desert at 5:58am on Tuesday.

 Information on this article was found from the UK-based The Telegraph.

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