Historic Shenzhou-9 Space Mission Enters China’s First Space StationThe Chinese Space Agency has succeeded in a months-long plan to inhabit the country's first orbiting space station, Tiangong-1. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launched this past weekend, carrying the first female Chinese astronaut -- or taikonaut, the craft docked with the waiting station. China is now the third country on Earth to have established a habitable orbiting outpost.Read on...
China May Send Women on First Manned Mission to its Space Station
Back in October, China took its space operations to new heights by placing the Tiangong-1 space lab in orbit. Then, the Chinese space agency followed up that success by launching the unmanned Shenzhou-8 craft in November, which successfully docked with the Tiangong-1 station. Now, final preparations are underway for the country's first manned mission to its space station, and the crew roster may for the first time include some women.Read on...