Fri, June 15, 2012
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Three astronauts to board Shenzhou-9 spacecraft

2012-06-15 06:10:38 GMT2012-06-15 14:10:38(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang in joint drill, June 12.(Xinhua)

Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang in training.(Xinhua)

Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang in training.(Xinhua)

Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang in training.(Xinhua)

Astronaut Liu Yang in training.(Xinhua)

JIUQUAN, Gansu, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will be launched at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, according to a decision made by China's manned space docking program headquarters.

Three astronauts, two male and one female, will board China's fourth manned spacecraft to fulfill the country's first manned space docking mission.

They are Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang who is female, according to the headquarters.

The upgraded Long March-2F carrier rocket will start to be fueled on Friday afternoon.

The launch ground and all control systems are ready. Astronauts are in good and stable condition and preparing for their space journey, the headquarters said.

A press conference will be held Friday afternoon and the spacecraft crew will meet the press.

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