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China Sends Second Woman Into Orbit


China has sent the second Chinese woman into space.

A Shenzhou, or "Divine Vessel" capsule, with three astronauts aboard, lifted off on June 11 aboard a Long March rocket from the Jiuquan launch center in western China.

President Xi Jinping was at Jiuquan to watch the launch.

The 15-day mission will include a docking at China’s Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace,” orbiting space module.

The crew includes Wang Yaping, 33, China’s second female astronaut.

During the mission, she is expected to deliver a school lesson from space to Chinese students.

China sent its first woman into Earth's orbit one year ago.

The new launch begins China’s fifth manned space mission in the past 10 years.

China has set a goal of building its own space station by 2020.

Based on reports from AFP, AP and Reuters
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