Beijing, Jun 16 (): China is ready to launch its fourth manned space mission. The crew members of three include the country’s first lady astronaut, to Tiangong, the orbiting space lab.
Shenzhou-9 capsule is about to lift off at 18:37 local time from Jiuquan spaceport situated at the edge of Gobi desert.
Liu Yang, China’s first woman astronaut is likely to improve Shenzhou-9 capsule crew’s working efficiency, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The three crew members of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft include two male astronauts and one female astronaut. The two male astronauts Liu Wang, Jing Haipeng and female astronaut Liu Yang, 33, are about to leave in manually operated Shenzhou-9 to dock with the awaiting space experimental module, Tiangong-1.
They will spend a week working and living in orbit before coming back to Earth.
Jing Haipeng, commands the mission. This mission is his second spaceflight and his first is in 2008, participating in Shenzhou-7 outing – the mission which included China’s first spacewalk.
Liu Wang, a People’s Liberation Army fighter pilot, has acquired this chance after working 14 years in China National Space Administration’s astronaut corps.
Liu Yang, has come out as the China’s first female space farer after having only two years of training.
Wu Ping, the spokeswoman met the reporters at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. She said generally female astronauts have better psychological stability, ability and durability to deal with loneliness. A manned space mission without participation of women would be incomplete.
Wu said that this fact fully shows female astronauts are absolutely capable for space flight missions.
Wu recalled Valentina Tereshkova, the former Soviet Union’s first woman in space and Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut.
The Chinese woman astronaut’s contribution in the manned space program will accelerate development and research of woman astronaut-related products, selection and training said Wu.
This space mission could also show Chinese women’s respectable image and could further stimulate social influence of the nation’s manned space program.