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Ceremony held to honor Shenzhou IX astronauts


08:09, October 30, 2012

Three astronauts of the Shenzhou IX mission who conducted China's first manned space docking in June (from L to R), Liu Wang, Jing Haipeng and Liu Yang, pose with their awards at an award-giving ceremony to honor their service to the country's space endeavors, in Beijing on Oct 29, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - Three astronauts of the Shenzhou IX mission who conducted China's first manned space docking in June have received awards for their service to the country's space endeavors.

Jing Haipeng, commander of the Shenzhou IX flight crew, was honored with a second-class aerospace achievement medal. Liu Wang and Liu Yang, who is China's first female astronaut, were both conferred third-class medals.

They were given the awards on Monday at a ceremony, following a decision by the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission (CMC).

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