In a historic event for the Chinese, Liu Yang has been selected to join two male astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang, as part of a three-person crew about to get their space on!
They'll be taking the Shenzhou-9 on a space docking mission.
And, Liu is crazy qualified for this, too. At 33, she was the deputy head of a flight unit of the PLA's Air Force and an air force major.
Plus, she is also a veteran pilot with 1,680 hours of flying experience and, after two years of training, excelled in testing before being selected as a candidate for the crew. So it's not like they were like, "Well, we need a woman, so you'll do."
Here's what a spokeswoman said:
"It will also further expand the social impact of human space missions and showcase the positive image of Chinese women. As a woman, I am eagerly looking forward to this flight with a female astronaut."
Congrats and good luck, Liu!
Let's hope they can pull it off — space docking is a tough maneuver!
[Image via AP Images.]