Chinese female astronaut Liu Yang
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China set for first woman in space

15 June 2012 Last updated at 16:54 BST

China has named the female astronaut who on Saturday is set to become the nation's first woman in space.

Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot, will join two male colleagues on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, state-run news agency Xinhua says.

The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 space station module, as China bids to establish a permanent space base in orbit.

Melanie Ruiz reports.