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[i]China will start training women astronauts in the next year, China Daily reported Thursday.
Candidates will be selected from senior high school graduates in good health, the report quoted Huang Chunping as saying.
Huang, director of the carrier rockets' system of China's manned space programme, made the remarks on Tuesday during a lecture held in the city of Fuzhouin East China's Fujian Province.
The All-China Women's Federation called on the central government to train women astronauts in March.
Huang said candidates will be trained to pilot an airplane first and then to learn about spacecrafts.[/i]
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