China's first woman astronaut speaks of pride

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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 has said.

Ms Liu said at a press conference: "I thank the country and its people for your trust in letting me go to space on behalf of all women in the country".

The astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 - an experimental module currently orbiting Earth - and carry out scientific experiments on board.

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