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Wang Yaping

Smooth launch for Shenzhou X crew on China's longest manned space mission

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carrying Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping lifts off from the launch pad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province June 11, 2013. Photo: Reuters

The Shenzhou X spacecraft blasted off from the Gobi Desert yesterday, taking three astronauts on China's longest manned space mission.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 1:55pm

China's 2nd woman astronaut blasts off amid doubts about claimed age

Spectators at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia watch as the Shenzhou X blasts off yesterday. The spacecraft, which has embarked on a 15-day mission, is carrying a crew of three, including the second Chinese woman to travel into space, Major Wang Yaping. Photo: AP

Major Wang Yaping became the second Chinese woman in space yesterday, the nation's youngest astronaut to blast off and the first born in the 1980s - if her date of birth announced by Beijing recently can be believed.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:55pm 2 comments

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Whistle-blower Edward Snowden


In the vast universe I will be a pupil too. I am willing to share my experience with them

Astronaut Major Wang Yaping on teaching children from space


11 Jun 2013 - 1:43am