Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, waves during a departure ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters.  China's first female astronaut shows how 'women hold up half the sky'.  The famous Chinese maxim has it that women hold up half the sky. Thanks to Liu Yang, they have now soared past it.  On Saturday a Shenzhou-9 spacecraft blasted off from its Gobi desert launch site carrying the first Chinese woman into space.

Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, waves during a departure ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters. China's first female astronaut shows how 'women hold up half the sky'. The famous Chinese maxim has it that women hold up half the sky. Thanks to Liu Yang, they have now soared past it. On Saturday a Shenzhou-9 spacecraft blasted off from its Gobi desert launch site carrying the first Chinese woman into space.

Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

The glass ceiling was no match for these women. Read the story of America's first female astronauts: the women of NASA's Astronaut Group 8.

The glass ceiling was no match for these women. Read the story of America's first female astronauts: the women of NASA's Astronaut Group 8.

Cristoforetti is first female astronaut as well as photographer  Cristoforetti is first female astronaut as well as photographer Thana | October 15, 2015 | Lifestyle | No Comments inShare  Cristoforetti is not only first Italian astronaut she is also a good photographer. Very few of female astronaut is capable like her to capture photos like her. She loves the space and she takes amazing photos of space. Her hobby to capture photos can amaze anyone.

Cristoforetti is first female astronaut as well as photographer Cristoforetti is first female astronaut as well as photographer Thana | October 15, 2015 | Lifestyle | No Comments inShare Cristoforetti is not only first Italian astronaut she is also a good photographer. Very few of female astronaut is capable like her to capture photos like her. She loves the space and she takes amazing photos of space. Her hobby to capture photos can amaze anyone.

Samantha Cristoforetti / Astronauts / Human Spaceflight / Our Activities / ESA One of the first women to be a lieutenant and fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force. Heading out into space 23 Nov 2014. Italy's first female astronaut.

Samantha Cristoforetti / Astronauts / Human Spaceflight / Our Activities / ESA One of the first women to be a lieutenant and fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force. Heading out into space 23 Nov 2014. Italy's first female astronaut.

From left to right, Margaret R. (Rhea) Seddon, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Judith A. Resnik, Sally K. Ride, Anna L. Fisher, and Shannon W. Lucid—the first six female astronauts of the United States.

From left to right, Margaret R. (Rhea) Seddon, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Judith A. Resnik, Sally K. Ride, Anna L. Fisher, and Shannon W. Lucid—the first six female astronauts of the United States.

After 13 days in orbit, China's first female astronaut returns to Earth  The three-member crew, which includes China's first female astronaut, emerged grinning from their Shenzhou 9 space capsule.

After 13 days in orbit, China's first female astronaut returns to Earth The three-member crew, which includes China's first female astronaut, emerged grinning from their Shenzhou 9 space capsule.

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