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2012: Liu Yang: The First Chinese Woman in Space

2012: Liu Yang: The First Chinese Woman in Space
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  • Historical event:
  • 16 June 2012
  • Chinese woman Liu Yang was 33 years old when was launched on this day (she was born 6 October 1978). She is married with no children.

On this day in 2012, the first Chinese woman, Liu Yang, was launched into space.

She was a part of the Shenzhou 9 crew, the fourth Chinese manned spacecraft flight. It is particularly interesting that the mission was launched on 49th anniversary of the launch of the first woman in space ever (the famous Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963).

With this launch, the Chinese have become the fourth in history who managed to send a woman into space (after the USSR, the United States and the Russian Federation).

Chinese woman Liu Yang was 33 years old when was launched on this day (she was born 6 October in 1978).

Liu Yang was a transport pilot within the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. She held the rank of major.

Liu Yang is married with one child. She spent 13 days in space during the aforementioned mission Shenzhou 9.

Interestingly enough, her mission, which was with two other male astronauts, included the docking with the Tiangong 1 Chinese space station (the first Chinese space station in history). This was also the first manned docking with this space station.

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