China’s First Female Astronaut in Space

Liu Yang says she wants to “appreciate the beautiful Earth” from far, far above

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

In one small step for womankind, China has sent its first female astronaut into space.

NBC News reports Liu Yang, 33, joined two male crew members in the launch of the Shenzhou 9 capsule as part of a mission to create a permanent space station.

According to the network, China’s state media has been “inundated with stories about Liu, who has 1,680 hours of flight time.”

“I want to experience the fantastic environment in space and appreciate the beautiful Earth and our homeland from space,” Liu said during a prelaunch press conference, NBC reports.

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