China's first woman to space

Updated: Jun 16, 2012 20:06 IST

Chinese ground staff cheer as the astronauts make their way to board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, China's fourth manned space mission, which blasts off from the Jiuquan space base, northwest China's Gansu province in the remote Gobi desert. China launched its most ambitious space mission to date, sending its first female astronaut to the final frontier and bidding to achieve the country's first manual space docking. AFP PHOTO
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Chinese ground staff cheer as the astronauts make their way to board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, China's fourth manned space mission, which blasts off from the Jiuquan space base, northwest China's Gansu province in the remote Gobi desert. China launched its most ambitious space mission to date, sending its first female astronaut to the final frontier and bidding to achieve the country's first manual space docking. AFP PHOTO

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