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She’s joining the crew of the Shenzhou-9, blasting off this Saturday.
At 18, shortly after graduating high school, Yang applied to join the People’s Liberation Army. Since then, she’s logged 1,680 hours of flight for the PLA and has earned the ranks of major and deputy head of a flight unit.
She’s famous for safely landing her fighter jet after a collision with a flock of 18 pigeons left her window covered in blood. China Daily called her a “hero pilot.”
She’s often described by Chinese media as an eloquent speaker. She’s also fluent in English.
Government officials began the selection process in 2009. In March 2010, they narrowed down the search to two women. Two years later, they announced their choice. (Her competitor, Wang Yaping, is pictured on the left.)
This is due to concerns that space travel impacts a woman’s fertility.
According to the newspaper of the Shaanxi Province Communist Party committee.
Here, with her two male co-taikonauts.
It’s all part of China’s ongoing mission to build an orbiting station.
“Despite starting her training late, she is now on the same page as us,” Cmdr. Jing Haipeng (middle) told the Global Times.