Liu Yang (刘洋): Female Chinese astronaut selected for the Shenzhou 9 mission.
The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced its next human spaceflight mission would be launched in mid-June. The first launch window is coming up this weekend on Saturday at 18:37 BST. Weather reports from the launch site in Jiuquan look favorable. The primary objective is to conduct another test of the docking mechanism China will use to eventually construct and operate a space station, planned to be completed in the early 2020s.