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First China’s female astronaut becomes mother

February 12, 2015, 16:18 UTC+3

Liu Yang continues training for the next space mission, but non-parous women can give her a run

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Liu Yang

Liu Yang


BEIJING, February, 12. /TASS/. The first China’s female astronaut has given birth to child, but that is not the obstacle for her training for the next space mission called Thaicun (“the great futility”), local mass media report.

In June, 2012 Liu Yang took part in the space flight of Shenzhou-9. This week she has taken part in the parade of military’s “model families” and has shared with journalists her happiness of being a mother and her intention to continue training hard.

The Chinese astronaut also continues her public activity. She is the only deputy of National People’s Congress in the Chinese astronauts team.

When the Chinese astronauts team was being formed 10 years ago, it was decided to employ only married women, because they are more stress-resistant and more professionally competent. Parous women were preferable, as there was the threat of space radiation influence on a baby.

Later those limitations were weakened, but being married is still crucial. Non-parous women also can travel into “the great futility”. They are even preferable, as without children women are more ready to make brave decisions and to sacrifice themselves, space psychology specialists claim.

Infographics Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

Overnight to January, 13, 2015 the service module of Chinese unmanned lunar orbiter has performed the tests required for development of lunar landing try-out of Chang’e-5 vehicle. Infographics by TASS

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