China Shenzhou-9 Mission Launches

China launched its fourth crewed spaceflight — including the first female taikonaut — on a mission to perform the nation’s first piloted docking with their orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module.. 

This undated photo shows Liu Yang attending a training. Liu Yang, 34, is one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. (Xinhua/Qin Xian'an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang attending a training. Liu Yang, 34, is one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. (Xinhua/Qin Xian’an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang, 34, one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Liu was selected as a taikonaut in 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Xian'an)

This undated photo shows Liu Yang, 34, one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Liu was selected as a taikonaut in 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Xian’an)

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