In a historic space journey, China has sent three astronauts into space on 16th June 2012 (Saturday). The mission is to carry out China's first manned docking mission. This is an important milestone towards ambitious Chinese plan to build a space station by 2020. The most significant aspect of the mission is sending first female astronaut from Chine, Liu Yang into the space. Now, 33 year old Liu is China's first woman into space.
China has successfully launched its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft on Saturday. The spacecraft is powered by a Long March 2F rocket and launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gobi Desert in western part of China. The three astronauts will spend three days in space and dock with orbiting Tiangong - 1 space lab module. Tiangong is a miniature Space station launched by China in September 2011.