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[b]Female candidates train for space shot on Tiangong 1 next year[/b]
[i]Chinese Political Consultative Conference member, space technology expert Qi Faren, today revealed to this newspaper, China's new generation of astronauts has already completed the selection, including two female astronauts. He also said that China's "Tiangong 1" target spacecraft is expected to be launched in 2011, and in the subsequent two years, with the Shenzhou 8, Shenzhou 9, and Shenzhou 10 rendezvous and docking test, and the formation of a short-term manned experiments room.
Qi Faren says China's manned spaceflight project is currently the second step - a space laboratory stage, and will be a breakthrough at this stage, four key technologies... the second key technology is the rendezvous and docking, "Tiangong 1" in space flight two years, will we have accomplished with the Shenzhou 8, 9 and 10 docking in space and has basically mastered the spacecraft rendezvous and docking technology. The third key technology for the spacecraft supplies propellant, air, water, food, etc.; the fourth key technology is the regenerative life support systems.
Qi Faren said, in the future will be launched on the Shenzhou 8 unmanned spacecraft, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft will each carry 2-3 astronauts. It is understood that China's new generation of astronauts, especially female astronaut, will be involved in the implementation of these tasks and participate in Shenzhou 9 or 10.[/i]
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