Meet fighter pilot Liu Yang, China’s first woman in space

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Meet fighter pilot Liu Yang, China’s first woman in space

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June 15th, 2012, 8:55 pm #1

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations, but it's also significant for another reason: on board the spacecraft will be 34-year-old fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

NPR reports:

Chinese media featured glowing reports about Liu's prowess, noting she's a Chinese air force major and a military pilot with a cool head. According to China Daily, in 2003, birds struck the engine of a plane Liu was piloting. She lost the right engine but stabilized the aircraft and made a safe emergency landing.

Liu was recruited in 2010 to join the taikonaut corps. A spokeswoman for China's space program remarked "Generally speaking, female astronauts have better durability, psychological stability and ability to deal with loneliness," according to Xinhua, which ranked her with Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, and Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Something NPR's writeup left out: Liu is also a mom. If that strikes you as inconsequential, it turns out it isn't. According to China Daily, female astronauts must meet all the mental and physical criteria of their male counterparts and then some for example, they must be married, and mothers are actually preferred, due to fears that radiation exposure in space could "harm their fertility".

The crew of Shenzhou 9 is scheduled to launch Saturday June 16 at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT / 10:37 GMT). [NPR | Reuters]

Top image via AP; Liu waving via Reuters

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I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them.


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June 15th, 2012, 9:22 pm #2

"I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them. "

I bet you probably also not aware of China is a peaceful country, too:) You learn something new everyday, bro:)

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June 16th, 2012, 12:32 pm #3

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations, but it's also significant for another reason: on board the spacecraft will be 34-year-old fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

NPR reports:

Chinese media featured glowing reports about Liu's prowess, noting she's a Chinese air force major and a military pilot with a cool head. According to China Daily, in 2003, birds struck the engine of a plane Liu was piloting. She lost the right engine but stabilized the aircraft and made a safe emergency landing.

Liu was recruited in 2010 to join the taikonaut corps. A spokeswoman for China's space program remarked "Generally speaking, female astronauts have better durability, psychological stability and ability to deal with loneliness," according to Xinhua, which ranked her with Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, and Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Something NPR's writeup left out: Liu is also a mom. If that strikes you as inconsequential, it turns out it isn't. According to China Daily, female astronauts must meet all the mental and physical criteria of their male counterparts and then some for example, they must be married, and mothers are actually preferred, due to fears that radiation exposure in space could "harm their fertility".

The crew of Shenzhou 9 is scheduled to launch Saturday June 16 at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT / 10:37 GMT). [NPR | Reuters]

Top image via AP; Liu waving via Reuters

http://io9.com/5918777/meet-fighter-pil ... n-in-space

I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them.


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You say peaceful, yet China encourages dangerous and violent regimes by buying from them or supplying them with arms. You threaten your neighbours and you don't protect the weak...

China is a flaccid coward...
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June 16th, 2012, 12:48 pm #4

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations, but it's also significant for another reason: on board the spacecraft will be 34-year-old fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

NPR reports:

Chinese media featured glowing reports about Liu's prowess, noting she's a Chinese air force major and a military pilot with a cool head. According to China Daily, in 2003, birds struck the engine of a plane Liu was piloting. She lost the right engine but stabilized the aircraft and made a safe emergency landing.

Liu was recruited in 2010 to join the taikonaut corps. A spokeswoman for China's space program remarked "Generally speaking, female astronauts have better durability, psychological stability and ability to deal with loneliness," according to Xinhua, which ranked her with Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, and Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Something NPR's writeup left out: Liu is also a mom. If that strikes you as inconsequential, it turns out it isn't. According to China Daily, female astronauts must meet all the mental and physical criteria of their male counterparts and then some for example, they must be married, and mothers are actually preferred, due to fears that radiation exposure in space could "harm their fertility".

The crew of Shenzhou 9 is scheduled to launch Saturday June 16 at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT / 10:37 GMT). [NPR | Reuters]

Top image via AP; Liu waving via Reuters

http://io9.com/5918777/meet-fighter-pil ... n-in-space

I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them.


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As if the british and the west are all saints!!! They have committed the most heinous crimes against the weak and humanity - just read history. They are the most racist and manipulative race in the world. Hypocrites and vile race. The east will purge the west to cleanse the world in due time.
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June 16th, 2012, 1:28 pm #5

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations, but it's also significant for another reason: on board the spacecraft will be 34-year-old fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

NPR reports:

Chinese media featured glowing reports about Liu's prowess, noting she's a Chinese air force major and a military pilot with a cool head. According to China Daily, in 2003, birds struck the engine of a plane Liu was piloting. She lost the right engine but stabilized the aircraft and made a safe emergency landing.

Liu was recruited in 2010 to join the taikonaut corps. A spokeswoman for China's space program remarked "Generally speaking, female astronauts have better durability, psychological stability and ability to deal with loneliness," according to Xinhua, which ranked her with Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, and Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Something NPR's writeup left out: Liu is also a mom. If that strikes you as inconsequential, it turns out it isn't. According to China Daily, female astronauts must meet all the mental and physical criteria of their male counterparts and then some for example, they must be married, and mothers are actually preferred, due to fears that radiation exposure in space could "harm their fertility".

The crew of Shenzhou 9 is scheduled to launch Saturday June 16 at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT / 10:37 GMT). [NPR | Reuters]

Top image via AP; Liu waving via Reuters

http://io9.com/5918777/meet-fighter-pil ... n-in-space

I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them.


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Have a safe trip and back, good luck!
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Joined: May 9th, 2003, 11:23 pm

June 17th, 2012, 3:51 pm #6

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations, but it's also significant for another reason: on board the spacecraft will be 34-year-old fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

NPR reports:

Chinese media featured glowing reports about Liu's prowess, noting she's a Chinese air force major and a military pilot with a cool head. According to China Daily, in 2003, birds struck the engine of a plane Liu was piloting. She lost the right engine but stabilized the aircraft and made a safe emergency landing.

Liu was recruited in 2010 to join the taikonaut corps. A spokeswoman for China's space program remarked "Generally speaking, female astronauts have better durability, psychological stability and ability to deal with loneliness," according to Xinhua, which ranked her with Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, and Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Something NPR's writeup left out: Liu is also a mom. If that strikes you as inconsequential, it turns out it isn't. According to China Daily, female astronauts must meet all the mental and physical criteria of their male counterparts and then some for example, they must be married, and mothers are actually preferred, due to fears that radiation exposure in space could "harm their fertility".

The crew of Shenzhou 9 is scheduled to launch Saturday June 16 at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT / 10:37 GMT). [NPR | Reuters]

Top image via AP; Liu waving via Reuters

http://io9.com/5918777/meet-fighter-pil ... n-in-space

I wasn't aware that China even had female fighter pilots! Good for them.


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wow, this brit is so jealous...lol

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