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Shenzhou 9: China's 1st Manned Space Docking Mission (Pictures)

Liu Yang, China's 1st Female Astronaut

China Manned Space Engineering

Liu Yang is China's 1st female astronaut.

Inside China's Tiangong 1 Space Lab

Dragon in Space

A look inside China's Tiangong 1 space lab, which launched into orbit in September 2011.

Shenzhou 9 Spaceship at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

China Ministry of Defense

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight.

China's Shenzhou 9 Mission Rocket at Launch Pad

China Manned Space Engineering Office

This image released by the China Manned Space Engineering Office shows the Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 capsule that will launch three astronauts to the Tiangong 1 space lab in June 2012.

Shenzhou 9: Liu Wang Waves

China Ministry of National Defense

China's Shenzhou 9 astronaut Liu Wang, a senior colonel in the People's Liberation Army, salutes to reporters on June 15, 2012, one day before launching to the Tiangong 1 space lab.

How China's First Space Station Will Work (Infographic)

Karl Tate/SPACE.com

Take a look at how China's first space station, called Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") will be assembled in orbit in this SPACE.com infographic. See the full infographic on the Tiangong space station here.

Shenzhou 9 Spaceship at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

China Ministry of Defense

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight.

Shenzhou 9 Staff

China Ministry of Defense

Launch technicians stand ready as China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and Long March 2F rocket are rolled out to the launch pad on June 9, 2012.

Liu Wang, Chinese Astronaut

China Manned Space Engineering

According to Xinhua news service, Liu Wang will be in charge of manual docking maneuvers during the Shenzhou-9 mission..

Shenzhou 9 Ready for Transshipment

China Ministry of Defense

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight.

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