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Wang Yaping becomes only woman astronaut for Shenzhou-10

(People's Daily Online)

14:05, June 09, 2013

Wang Yaping from Yantai of Shandong province is currently the only woman who is participating in the selection training for astronauts, said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program. 

Liu Yang, the astronaut of China’s Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, has impressed the public with her performance in the space mission. Whether woman astronaut will join the crew of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft mission has drawn much attention worldwide.

"If her physical condition allows, Wang is likely to be on board to the space," said Zhang Jianqi, chairman of China Space Foundation, former vice director of the General Armament Department.

Wang Yaping was in the candidate list with Liu Yang for the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launch program last year. Wang joined in the Air Force when she was 17 years old, and became a member of the seventh batch of female pilots. She has participated in many readiness exercises, Wenchuan earthquake relief, rain and cloud dissipation of Beijing Olympics and other major tasks. She became a member of China's first batch of female astronauts in May 2009. Wang was the backup astronaut of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft mission in 2012.

Edited and translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online
Read the Chinese version: 王亚平成神舟十号唯一女航天员人选 曾备选神九

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