China puts its first woman astronaut in orbit

June 16, 2012 13:54

JIUQUAN, China - China launched a spacecraft putting its first woman in orbit on Saturday as the country takes its latest step towards building a space station within the decade.

A Long March rocket blasted off from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China's northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with it the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and three astronauts, including 33-year-old female fighter pilot Liu Yang.

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