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China to send second woman into space on longest mission yet: Officials

Published on Jun 10, 2013 4:37 PM
 
The assembly of the Long March 2F rocket and the Shenzhou 10 planned manned spaceflight is seen at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan in north-west China's Gansu Province on June 9, 2013. China is to send its second woman astronaut into orbit on its longest mission yet, space officials said Monday, June 10, 2013, as the country works towards building a space station. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China is to send its second woman astronaut into orbit on its longest mission yet, space officials said Monday, as the country works towards building a space station.

The Shenzhou-10 - the name means "Divine Vessel" - will be launched on a Long March rocket at 0938 GMT Tuesday, Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space programme, told a news conference.

Wang Yaping, the second woman China has sent into space, will be on board while the mission will be commanded by Nie Haisheng, with Zhang Xiaoguang the third crew member, she said, adding they will be in orbit for 15 days.

The craft will dock with the Tiangong-1 - "Heavenly Palace" - space laboratory, and the crew will transfer into it.

 
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