As China launched and successfully docked it’s first manned spaceship since 2008, the country’s first female astronaut, Liu Yang, joined two other astronauts to carry out their first manned docking mission. The New York Times reports:
The successful launching of the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, powered by a Long March 2F rocket, was shown live on state television from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in western China.
The crew is expected to spend up to 20 days
June 19, 2012