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China to Send Second Female Astronaut to Space
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2013-7-31-
Title: China to Send Second Female Astronaut to Space
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Source: womenofchina.cn
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Keyword: China, Send, Second, Female Astronaut, Space
 

China will send its second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, to space this summer on the Shenzhou-10.

China will send its second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, to space this summer on the Shenzhou-10.

Wang, 35, is currently the only female astronaut who is attending the selection training. She will be accompanied by two male colleagues on the mission.

"As there will be new tasks this time, the selection training also has some changes," said Zhou Jianping, the lead designer for China's manned space program.

Wang will work on an orbiting space lab module for half a month between June and August, said Director General of the China Space Foundation Zhang Jianqi.

Wang, who was born in Yantai City in east China's Shandong Province, started her career as an airfreight pilot in Wuhan City, capital of central China's Hubei Province, in 2001.

In 2010, she was selected to join China's first batch of female astronauts. She was also one of the two female candidates for the Shenzhou-9 mission last year. The other candidate, Liu Yang, became the country's first female astronaut and flew on the Shenzhou-9 mission last year.
 

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