BEIJING - China will launch three astronauts this month to dock with an orbiting experimental module, and the crew might include the country's first female space traveler, a government news agency said Saturday.
A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft was moved to a launchpad in China's desert northwest on Saturday for the mid-June flight, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a space program spokesman.
The three-member crew will dock with and live in the Tiangong 1 orbital module launched last year, Xinhua said. The government has not said how long the mission will last.
Xinhua cited Niu Hongguang, deputy commander in chief of the manned space program, as saying the crew "might include female astronauts."