Wednesday, March 10, 2010

China Selects Five men and Two women in 2nd Batch of Astronauts

China has selected its second batch of astronauts, including five men and two women, the first time women astronauts have joined the country's space mission.The two women astronauts, both pilots from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, might take part in manned docking of China's future space lab, said Zhang Jianqi, former deputy commander of the country's manned space program. "In the selection, we had almost the same requirements on women candidates as those for men, but the only difference was that they must be married, as we believe married women would be more physically and psychologically mature," Zhang said on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.

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