4th manned space mission

Chinese soldiers guard the perimeter of the Jiuquan space base, in north <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000014" title="China" href="/topic/international/china-PLGEO00000014.topic">China's</a> Gansu province on the eve of the launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. China said that a female astronaut will be among the three-person team on board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, and will take off at 6.37 pm (1037 GMT) on June 16 from the Jiuquan space base in the Gobi desert for the country's fourth manned space launch, with Liu Yang, 33, and two male astronauts on board.

( AFP/Getty Images / June 15, 2012 )

Chinese soldiers guard the perimeter of the Jiuquan space base, in north China's Gansu province on the eve of the launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. China said that a female astronaut will be among the three-person team on board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, and will take off at 6.37 pm (1037 GMT) on June 16 from the Jiuquan space base in the Gobi desert for the country's fourth manned space launch, with Liu Yang, 33, and two male astronauts on board.

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