China’s first female astronaut Liu Yang

China’s first female astronaut Liu Yang waves to the crowd prior to boarding the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft — China’s fourth manned space mission — which blasts off at 1037 GMT from the Jiuquan space base, northwest China’s Gansu province in the remote Gobi desert on June 16, 2012. China launched its most ambitious space mission to date, sending its first female astronaut to the final frontier and bidding to achieve the country’s first manual space docking. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)