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Liu Yang Becomes China's First Female Astronaut

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the holding-up-half-of-heaven dept.

Space 229

China launched Saturday a rocket bearing three astronauts and an experimental orbiting module intended to presage a full-fledged space station at the end of this decade. While that's big news in itself, the launch also marks the first trip for a female Chinese astronaut. The BBC has a brief video, including part of a pre-launch press conference introducing 33-year-old astronaut Liu Yang, as well as her crewmates.

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Will she steal my personal data? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40348875)

Seriously; working for a F500 defense contractor, I have very little interest in this.

Re:Will she steal my personal data? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349171)

Seriously; working for a F500 defense contractor, I have very little interest in this.

Seriously; not working for any defense contractor at all, I have very little faith in the anonymous opinion of some unverifiable person who not-quite-directly claims to have an educated/informed opinion that could be construed as representing the industry.

A few days ago ... (0, Troll)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#40349187)

A few day before Liu Yang became the first Chinese female Taikonaut, another Chinese lady was forced to abort her 7-month old fetus

What an irony !!

HAIL CHINA! (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#40348881)

Igt is only because the boudrgeoisie was driven from power and expropriated in China, and a bureaucratically deformed workers state established after 1949, that this is possible. Class-conscious workers all over the world hail the Chinese space flight! Defend China against imperialist "democracy" counterrevolution campaign! Smash imperialism through international socialist revolution! Dump the CCP bureaucrats who are paving the way for counterrevolution -- for a China ruled by workers and peasants soviets, led by a Leninist-Trotskyist revolutionary party!!!!!!!!!

Re:HAIL CHINA! (-1, Troll)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#40348963)

No thanks.. ] I don't want to live in the police state that would be required to force everyone into compliance.

Re:HAIL CHINA! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349305)

Rank Country (or dependent territory) Prisoners per 100,000 population

1 United States 730 ICPS
2 St. Kitts and Nevis 649 ICPS
3 U.S. Virgin Islands (USA) 539 ICPS
4 Georgia 536 ICPS
5 Russia 522 ICPS
6 Seychelles 507 ICPS
7 Anguilla (UK) 480 ICPS
8 Rwanda 450 ICPS (c.)
9 British Virgin Islands (UK) 439 ICPS
10 Bermuda (UK) 428 ICPS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rate [wikipedia.org]

Re:HAIL CHINA! (0)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#40349375)

of course.. the chinese government doesn't have to imprison a citizen to get compliance.. it just threatens his life/family/job...

Re:HAIL CHINA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349505)

Good GOD, man, the Chinese space program is catching up! Quick, cut MORE of NASA's funding and divert it to propping up the reckless failures of our unregulated banking industry and the outdated business model of our movie studios! DON'T ASK UNPATRIOTIC QUESTIONS, JUST DO IT!!! We'll beat them yet!

Re:HAIL CHINA! (1)

khallow (566160) | about 2 years ago | (#40349681)

the reckless failures of our unregulated banking industry

The reckless failures of the regulated banking industry is what has cost the $$$. That's why I don't worry about recent regulation that has been imposed or proposed. American ingenuity will find a way to screw it up every ten to twenty years.

Okay, and? (-1, Flamebait)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 2 years ago | (#40348917)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut. Was there something about being a woman that made it problematic being in space? Does something strange happen to a vagina that doesn't happen to a penis? No, of course not. It's already been proven women can be in space, or in combat, or do just about anything else a man can do that doesn't require erectile tissue.

Congrats on joining the few members of the "50 mile high club", but I'll be a lot more impressed when the chinese get those people into a stable earth orbit and then return, not just breathe the thin air and then fall back... regardless of the sexual organs present in the cockpit. -_-

Re:Okay, and? (2)

TheDayOfMe (808363) | about 2 years ago | (#40348955)

Congrats on joining the few members of the "50 mile high club", but I'll be a lot more impressed when the chinese get those people into a stable earth orbit and then return, not just breathe the thin air and then fall back... regardless of the sexual organs present in the cockpit. -_-

So is 10 days not a stable enough orbit for you :) from the report: The crew will stay in space for more than 10 days, during which time they will perform scientific experiments and the country’s first manual space docking — a complicated procedure that brings two vessels together in high-speed orbit.

Re:Okay, and? (5, Insightful)

w.hamra1987 (1193987) | about 2 years ago | (#40348959)

Was there something about being a woman that made it problematic being in space

you mean besides the monthly "make no sense, freak everyone out" day? no, i don't think there's any difference.

Re:Okay, and? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349007)

Made me laugh aloud. Someone mod up!

Re:Okay, and? (3, Interesting)

Jeremi (14640) | about 2 years ago | (#40349233)

you mean besides the monthly "make no sense, freak everyone out" day? no, i don't think there's any difference.

If you think men's behavior isn't influenced by hormones, you are wrong:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/06/13/why-male-hormones-may-drive-the-stock-market-and-override-investors-ability-to-think-rationally/ [forbes.com]

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | about 2 years ago | (#40349501)

I hope someday we isolate the male hormone that causes sexism.

Re:Okay, and? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349563)

Sexism is not caused by a male hormone, it's caused by a female pheromone that is perceived by male.

Re:Okay, and? (2)

khallow (566160) | about 2 years ago | (#40349693)

If you think men's behavior isn't influenced by hormones, you are wrong

Not wrong, just could be, maybe wrong. The researchers noticed hormone changes and assumed that men wouldn't think rationally as a result. They might even be right. Although I can't help but think that any trader who's been active for a few years probably has figured out how to cope.

Re:Okay, and? (4, Insightful)

swalve (1980968) | about 2 years ago | (#40348979)

I think that's the point: there is no reason why there shouldn't have been women doing it all along. So it's notable when the status quo changes.

Re:Okay, and? (-1, Flamebait)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#40349103)

obviously there was a reason or they would have. We've reached the point where no one should be given props for something because of gender. Unfortunately, the pc police of the left wing don't seem to get that doing this is also discrimination. However, if it's not about equality, and instead about propping one side over the other to ensure reliable voting blocs and funding for certain political organizations, this newspeak 'equality' makes perfect sense.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349493)

Jesus guy, you have a hell of a chip on your shoulder. You're so convinced that men are this oppressed minority (oppression of men by women is only found in very specific circumstances in industrialized democracies, and is in no way worldwide or widespread. Oppression of majority lower status males by minority of high status males however, is as old as agricultural civilization) that you'll even tear down a story where a woman has changed the status quo to be equal (yeah, equal not superior) to men!

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349581)

Generally if somebody goes off on a tangent about how evil women are and how much they ruin men's lives, they fall into these categories:

Butthurt divorced person.
Butthurt loser who couldn't keep his girlfriend because he was a dick.
Wife abuser.
Butthurt virgin who hates women because they don't like him because he acts bizarre in person.

All your points are valid. I'm a guy, and I know maybe 0.001% of guys like me get shit on by women. On the flip side I see women get shit on all the time, every day. You can't be a female and ride a bus without some nigger leering at you and making comments about your tits or ass out aloud. Shit sux, I couldn't live with that kind of barrage of crap 24/7.

Re:Okay, and? (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about 2 years ago | (#40349151)

The incredible focus on having a female on board makes me wonder why she was chosen.

The US regularly had/has females their crew, and the gender of an astronaut is pretty much a non-issue. These are obviously chosen for being good astronauts.

This Liu Yang is surely a good astronaut, but as the news about this launch is more than half about having a woman on boars, makes me wonder what the real reason is to chose her over one of the other candidates they have.

Gender shouldn't matter. I don't think there are jobs in space that require men over women or the other way around, nor that it is something men naturally can do better.

One of the core reasons I think there are more male than female space travellers is that men are generally more willing to take risks and to be at the forefront of exploration and in the limelight, while many women prefer to stay safely at home. And if there is any high-profile, high-risk job than it's being astronaut.

Re:Okay, and? (5, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | about 2 years ago | (#40349219)

This Liu Yang is surely a good astronaut, but as the news about this launch is more than half about having a woman on boars, makes me wonder what the real reason is to chose her over one of the other candidates they have.

This is one of the burdens pioneering women have placed on them: people are always second-guessing them, wondering whether they got their position on the merits or if are being given special treatment because they are women. Minorities often get a similar response ("oh s/he only got the job because of affirmative action"). Hence the saying "you've got to be at least twice as good as anyone else to be accepted as equal".

Re:Okay, and? (3, Insightful)

wvmarle (1070040) | about 2 years ago | (#40349291)

I do not second-guess any women on the Shuttle missions.

I do second-guess this case because the news about this rocket launch is literally >50% "we got a woman in space" and There is no reason to me this woman would not be as good as their male counterparts. She used to be a fighter pilot, so has a proven track record in another high-demand job. It's just how the news overly focusses on having a woman in space that makes me suspect that the selection criteria for this mission included "must include a female".

It is almost like if you would report on the first Apollo moon missions as "we got a man in space, and outside of orbit! Oh yeah they also touched down on the moon. This man is fantastic, his family is great, he worked so hard to get in space and put evreything aside. His wife and kid followed the launch at home."

Now what is the important part: a man/woman in space, or the exploratory and scientific reach and objectives of the space mission?

Re:Okay, and? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349509)

Well, I do not think China is breaking any new ground compared to NASA or the Russian equivalent. The emphasis of the female crewmember is just because it's a better soundbite than "China launches yet another me-too space launch in their quest to eventually catch up with the rest of the space-faring countries".

Re:Okay, and? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349265)

The incredible focus on having a female on board makes me wonder why she was chosen.

The US regularly had/has females their crew, and the gender of an astronaut is pretty much a non-issue. These are obviously chosen for being good astronauts.

This Liu Yang is surely a good astronaut, but as the news about this launch is more than half about having a woman on boars, makes me wonder what the real reason is to chose her over one of the other candidates they have.

Gender shouldn't matter. I don't think there are jobs in space that require men over women or the other way around, nor that it is something men naturally can do better.

One of the core reasons I think there are more male than female space travellers is that men are generally more willing to take risks and to be at the forefront of exploration and in the limelight, while many women prefer to stay safely at home. And if there is any high-profile, high-risk job than it's being astronaut.

A great deal of cultural reasons cause many Chinese to favor sons over daughters, greatly skewing the male:female ratio in that country.

The "one child" policy means parents cannot easily choose to do both and must pick one.

As an anecdotal example, I know several kind-hearted people who adopted Chinese-born daughters. I have never heard of such a person who adopted a Chinese son. The reason for this is that daughters are something of a liability for them. It is a bit like having to pay a dowry in the old days.

She was chosen 14 years ago (4, Insightful)

dbIII (701233) | about 2 years ago | (#40349281)

The flight is to test a manual docking procedure and she's one of the experts in operating that system. She started her astronaut training 14 years ago, so she was chosen as a potential astronaut way back then.
Why assume that she was chosen for any other reason? The press is going to make a huge deal about it no matter what the reason because a female face in space sells advertising space - however they don't get to make the call, especially not in China.

Wrong! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349713)

She had only 2 years of training compared to other astronauts who had 14 years of training. The male astronaut trained for 14 years. So any way you look at it she was chosen because of her sex.

Re:Okay, and? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 2 years ago | (#40349551)

There was the reveal a few months back that any candidate would need perfect teeth to be considered. The excuse was offered that imperfect teeth could pose a health problem in zero-gravity, which no-one buys - and sure enough, she looks like a Chinese hottie. I'm guessing that they probably had a pool of potential female candidates, all of them qualified for the job, and once the vital qualifications were met they picked the one who would look best on the propaganda posters. This is supposed to be a statement of the greatness of China - it wouldn't do if their poster-woman had a gap whenever she smiled.

Re:Okay, and? (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 2 years ago | (#40349583)

The US regularly had/has females their crew, and the gender of an astronaut is pretty much a non-issue.

Well, at least starting 1983 they did. Of course, there's those pesky 22 years where there were no women, but that's another story...

According to legend, the issue was that all of engineers were male and none of them really knew how to create a system for handling women peeing. The more likely reason was that most astronauts were combat pilots and, at the time, women weren't allowed. Sally Ride [wikipedia.org] was never in the military.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349727)

Note: "female" is an adjective: a female astronaut, a female cat.

It is not a noun, so you shouldn't say "a female went into space". Use "woman" for that purpose.

Re:Okay, and? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349017)

I, for one, welcome Chinese space-vaginas.

Re:Okay, and? (5, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#40349023)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut.

It matters to those of us trying to raise daughters. They need as many role models as we can give them. I want my daughter to ask for a lunch box with a picture of Liu Yang or Sally Ride, and not the "Disney Princesses".

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349115)

Does it really matter that much? I can say that I can't even remember what I would want to be when I was young, if it wasn't electrical engineer, and I am quite sure I was getting somewhat older by the time I knew that existed, before I wanted to become one.
Does it really at all matter to have all these examples? Even if you want her to become a smart girl and all of that, wouldn't it be good to give her useful knowledge like some basic math? I am sure you can combine that with some fun things. With "yeah, we shoot women into space", I don't know what intelligent stuff that a young child can understand well combine with that.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Nutria (679911) | about 2 years ago | (#40349131)

I want my daughter to ask for a lunch box with a picture of Liu Yang or Sally Ride,

Why? What's wrong with Disney princesses? Did little boys who wanted /Miami Vice/ lunch boxes really want to be undercover narcotics agents with stupid clothing and bad hair?

Anyway, what's so special about passengers where the main differentiator between them and all the other teachers, engineers, etc is that mission specialists don't barf in space?

Re:Okay, and? (1)

khallow (566160) | about 2 years ago | (#40349665)

What's wrong with Disney princesses?

Unrealistic role models and a lot of pink crap. Plus I have been "tattooed" and stickied with said pink crap. There is a lot of suffering here.

Re:Okay, and? (2)

guises (2423402) | about 2 years ago | (#40349729)

Why? What's wrong with Disney princesses? Did little boys who wanted /Miami Vice/ lunch boxes really want to be undercover narcotics agents with stupid clothing and bad hair?

What's wrong is that if those little boys really did want to be undercover narcotics agents with stupid clothing and bad hair, they could have done that. No matter what you do and no matter how hard you work, you are never going to be a princess.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Exrio (2646817) | about 2 years ago | (#40349319)

Role models? Why? So, you're teaching them to follow the model of someone instead of being themselves? And furthermore you're teaching them that somehow it's something significant that the model they're following is of the same gender as them? (Also, what Nutria said in his first line. There's nothing wrong with letting your childhood have some fantasy.)

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349037)

Well the vagina to penis ratio is 56:500. There is a reason it is not close 1:1. Either women are not that motivated, or are not capable. Either way, any change to this trend is worth noting.

Re:Okay, and? (2)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#40349113)

ok, why is it worth noting? if gender is just anatomy and doesn't matter, then it's unremarkable either way whether women are/are not involved.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Nutria (679911) | about 2 years ago | (#40349049)

I know girls aren't that technically competent, and are only really good at finding sparkley pink stuff, but really, you're on Slashdot -- can't you at least Google "women in space" before going back to painting your nails and gabbing with your BFF about how cute the boys are?

Re:Okay, and? (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 2 years ago | (#40349273)

I know girls aren't that technically competent, and are only really good at finding sparkley pink stuff, but really, you're on Slashdot -- can't you at least Google "women in space" before going back to painting your nails and gabbing with your BFF about how cute the boys are?

Girls aren't technically competent??? Serious troll material, but whatever...

I'm trying to get past what you wrote and focus on what I think the GP (girlintraining) was really saying. it's worth recognizing Liu Yang as the first Chinese female taikonaut. But let's not make too big a deal about women in space after it has been demonstrated conclusively that space is yet another area of human endeavour that has no gender qualification.

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349065)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut.

The point is that they want you to know that she's THEIR first female astronaut.

Re:Okay, and? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349071)

Have you ever ridden in the car with a woman for more than an hour? Now try that for days, and there are no hotels or gas stations to get out and stretch!

Re:Okay, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349085)

Proof: Mission to Mars (2000)

Re:Okay, and? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349217)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut.

Well that all depends. Is she hot?

Re:Okay, and? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349237)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut. Was there something about being a woman that made it problematic being in space? Does something strange happen to a vagina that doesn't happen to a penis? No, of course not. It's already been proven women can be in space, or in combat, or do just about anything else a man can do that doesn't require erectile tissue.

Congrats on joining the few members of the "50 mile high club", but I'll be a lot more impressed when the chinese get those people into a stable earth orbit and then return, not just breathe the thin air and then fall back... regardless of the sexual organs present in the cockpit. -_-

Ever see a really hot woman driving a high-performance sports car? You can be sure of one thing: she did not pay for it, a man did.

Since these represent the majority I'll give a most conservative number. For every 100,000 like that, there's 1 woman who is a scientist, engineer, astronaut, military combatant, construction worker, oil rig worker, professional athlete, skilled computer programmer, auto mechanic, plumber, etc. And women are 52% of the population so don't give me this "oppressed minority" bullshit -- you have the numbers to run everything if you really wanted to. You don't because you don't want to because that would mean getting what you want via the sweat of your brow, not via sex appeal and other kinds of manipulation.

As the saying goes, women play God using the thing between their legs - men have to play God the hard way, using the thing between their ears. That's just one of those realities of life. All throughout nature you find female selection. Generally the female chooses what she perceives as the fittest male while the males compete for her favor. Among humans showing some cleavage can get you into a job interview or out of a traffic ticket, things a man cannot do with his body alone. You are shocked there is a counter-balance or a downside to this? Well duh. The downside of getting others to do things for you is that you don't do so much for yourself.

Things like making it though a psychically and intellectually grueling space program, which you must do as an individual with no favor, distinguish a woman as someone who can get the job done herself. Most women would rather do it the easy way just as most men like their version of the easy way - that is physical attraction while marginalizing the complexities of emotionally and spiritually relating to another human being. A man who understands that is just as exceptional as a woman who can be an astronaut. Just different and opposite tests of that gender's weaknesses.

That's why it is still considered "news" when a woman is a successful astronaut.

If you think this is about sexual organs, as though you mean to imply that physical genitalia are the only real difference between men and women, you could not be more mistaken. The sexual organs are among the SMALLEST differences between men and women. Most of them are non-physical and much less obvious, leading to a great deal of confusion. There's not usually so much confusion when asked to identify the penis and the vagina.

Re:Okay, and? (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 years ago | (#40349249)

I am not sure why it matters that she's the first female astronaut

No, she's the first Chinese female astronaut, which means that half an hour after she takes off, you have to launch another one.

Taïkonaut (4, Informative)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 2 years ago | (#40348939)

An astronaut is american. A cosmonaut is russian. A spationaut is french. And a chineese person in the sky is a taïkonaute.

Re:Taïkonaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40348947)

I usually call them a guy in space.
That said, I guess in this case I can't.

Re:Taïkonaut (2)

TheDayOfMe (808363) | about 2 years ago | (#40349057)

The term taikonaut is used by some English-language news media organizations for professional space travelers from China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taikonaut#Chinese [wikipedia.org]

Re:Taïkonaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349253)

This is the term used by Xinhua in the English version of the Chinese People's Daily since the advent of the Chinese space program

Xinhua is the state news. However, official government releases (that is, press releases not being passed off as news) use "astronaut".

Re:Taïkonaut (2)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about 2 years ago | (#40349315)

So what do you call an Australian in space?

Re:Taïkonaut (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349335)

A foster's drinker?

Re:Taïkonaut (2)

niftydude (1745144) | about 2 years ago | (#40349459)

Foster's is horrible swill that no self-respecting Australian would drink. Which is why it is essentially an export-only beer - they foist it off onto the rest of the world because won't drink it themselves.

Re:Taïkonaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349359)

So what do you call an Australian in space?

Astronaut. Australians don't harbor the temerity necessary to create words for things they have yet to accomplish.

New rule: No nation may create yet another native word for space traveler until it has launched a citizen into space.

Got it, France?

fucking french

Re:Taïkonaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349321)

Some would say that a Chinese person in the sky, is simply a flyer.
However, Some would say that a Chinese in space on a military base is simply a target.

Re:Taïkonaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349341)

An astronaut is american. A cosmonaut is russian. A spationaut is french. And a chineese person in the sky is a taïkonaute.

That depends entirely on who you ask and what language you're speaking.

In any case, it's a bit arbitrary, yes?

Re:Taïkonaut (1)

Dan East (318230) | about 2 years ago | (#40349401)

I think this silliness needs to end. We don't refer to any other occupation in the language of the worker's native tongue. What is the origin of this when it comes to spacefarers? Probably the cold war, and attempting to portray Soviet cosmonauts as inferior by not even referring to them by the same word we use to describe our astronauts. Regardless, it's lame, and the more countries that send people in to space, the stupider this gets.

Re:Taïkonaut (3, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#40349585)

At least according to Wikipedia, Chinese themselves use the word "astronaut" in their official English publications (and "cosmonaut" in Russian ones).

The argument is silly, anyway. "Astron" is not English at all, and "cosmos", while Russian, is directly loaned from Greek. Why should we insist on using a Chinese word for a Chinese astronaut?

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (5, Informative)

aa_trna_syn (583320) | about 2 years ago | (#40349107)

This June 16th is also the 49th anniversary of Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova's trip to space. She was the first woman in space. She piloted the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963, to become both the first woman and the first civilian to fly in space.

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (-1, Troll)

Nutria (679911) | about 2 years ago | (#40349161)

IOW, this is the 49th anniversary of a scary looking woman sitting in a chair for 72 hours doing nothing but getting nauseous, taking a few pictures and keeping a short journal.

Oh My Fscking God!! How inspiring could one woman be?????

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349467)

IOW, this is the 49th anniversary of a scary looking woman sitting in a chair for 72 hours doing nothing but getting nauseous, taking a few pictures and keeping a short journal.

Oh My Fscking God!! How inspiring could one woman be?????

IKR?

I'm pretty sure my mom did that for nine months. She didn't even wear a space suit until the last month.

Inspired yet?

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (2)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#40349591)

Oh My Fscking God!! How inspiring could one woman be?????

If you didn't grow up in Soviet Union, you'll never know for real. But, yes, she was very inspiring to millions of Soviet girls. Which was pretty much the point.

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about 2 years ago | (#40349279)

This June 16th is also the 49th anniversary of Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova's trip to space.

It's also Bloomsday [wikipedia.org].

Re:Congratulations for being the 56th female visit (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349395)

By launch program is also interesting:

Vostok: 1
Soyuz only: 7
Shenzhou: 1
Soutz && STS: 3
STS only : 44

Yes, of the eight women that went up on the Vostok/Soyuz, three of them were from Soviet Union/Russia...

Lucky girl (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349019)

Lucky she wasn't forcibly aborted at seven months...

Re:Lucky girl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349243)

The truth stings doesn't it mod...

Re:Lucky girl (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349539)

I think that it would have enhanced the world had you been.
I am guessing that the truth stings you a lot.

Long live the future of humanity. (1)

l3ert (231568) | about 2 years ago | (#40349029)

Long live the future of humanity.

Re:Long live the future of humanity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349527)

I approve of this. Groupthink deserves overcoming for appreciation where it is due.

Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349089)

SO special!
Don't they realize that highlighting this as special is sexism?
In a non-sexist mind, this is just a normal thing, and in no way special.
And as long as we don't stop nonsense as this, sexism won't stop.

Re:Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349289)

Exactly... But everyone will ignore you because, gender equality man! Anything* a woman does is inherently more worthy of attention than the same thing done by a man because you don't want to be sexist do you? Do you? (*Anything except whistling at the other gender, which is forbidden for men but permitted for women. Bunch of moms whistling at the Disney boy du jour = "oh come on, the boy likes it"; bunch of dads whistling at the Disney girl du jour = "OMG perverts! Go to jail!")

Re:Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349357)

Or vagina

Re:Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (1)

microbee (682094) | about 2 years ago | (#40349451)

Is she the first female Chinese astronaut? Yes. So anything wrong mentioning that fact?

Wonder why your driver's license lists you are a man (or woman)? Is that sexism?

Re:Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (1)

Exrio (2646817) | about 2 years ago | (#40349487)

Your gender is not the headline of your driver's license. It is the headline of these news. Yes, it would be wrong if your gender was the headline of your driver's license.

Re:Doing shit everyone else does... with a vagina! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349851)

Pointing out sexism in the space industry is not being sexist. If you extend the argument, pointing out sexism in the article makes you a sexist too.

Amazing (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about 2 years ago | (#40349173)

China is working on a military base space station, but the big todo is that they launched a female soldier.
Amazing that we focus on such BS.
I think that SpaceX should launch a woman or two on the first launch just so that they can claim that they are willing to send women on the first launch, esp. of private space.

Re:Amazing (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#40349597)

I don't know about you, but personally I'm focusing on the fact that someone is actually launching something into space - and for a space station, no less. Which is good, because if American space program folds, at least there will be Chinese to keep progress moving.

Re:Amazing (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about 2 years ago | (#40349679)

While the republicans are working hard to gut private space, it is near certain that it will continue. The reason is that both SpaceX and Blue Origin are going forward. My guess is that with the 'new' agreement between the neo-cons and NASA (basically, funds 2.5 private space, however, it requires that NASA not attempt to remove the republican job's bill), that we will see private space continue.
Probably what is far more important, is that we need to get Bigelow (and hopefully, IDC Dover) going.

The "I" in unit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349215)

Very little has been reported about Liu Yang as an individual. China society tends to be more communal and rarely celebrates the achievements of one person at the expense of the common unit.

What about that guy who discovered gunpowder?

Coincidence with X-37? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349235)

So, the X-37 was launched before the Tiangong 1 was put into orbit. And as soon as the first manned docking takes place, the X-37 is retrieved? Maybe part of the X-37's mission was to observe the Chinese space station in secret.

Re:Coincidence with X-37? (1)

QQBoss (2527196) | about 2 years ago | (#40349523)

Wrong orbital mechanics.

Re:Coincidence with X-37? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 2 years ago | (#40349605)

But non-experts don't care about that. They don't know one orbit from another. So long as something is out the atmosphere and isn't going to fall down right away, that's spacey enough.

So what? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349245)

I bet there will soon be an African-Canadian Jewish Bisexual Amputee as well!

To be serious - this "The first WOMAN!!!" or "The first BLACK DUDE!!!" to do X really annoys me. Yeah, we get it, people of all genders and nationalities and heritages can do the same stuff. No big surprise - we're all human.

Does anyone else find these articles degrading and unnecessary?

Re:So what? (1)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#40349385)

Don't worry, I'm sure the militant feminists(and their male supporters) will be out soon to scream that your post is racist and misogynist soon.

Re:So what? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#40349609)

Look, it's the kind of headline that makes an article. And we need these kinds of articles about "boldly go" etc, badly.

Or would you prefer to read another sports story instead? Or some budget rant?

However when she said the word Vagina... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349327)

The Michigan state house banned her from speaking, since it was such a horrible dirty word.

Exactly what Vagina means in Chinese, I don't know, but apparently it bothers those Republicans.

FINISH HIM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40349837)

Who else first read it as Liu Kang?

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