China has launched its latest manned space mission - whose crew includes its first female astronaut, Liu Yang.
The Shenzhou-9 capsule rode to orbit atop a Long March rocket from the Jiuquan spaceport on the edge of the Gobi desert.
Shenzhou-9: Female Taikonaut Liu Yang(L)
See-off ceremony held for astronauts of Shenzhou-9 - Xinhua | English.news.cn "China's taikonauts Jing Haipeng (C), Liu Wang (R) and Liu Yang attend the setting-out ceremony at the taikonauts' apartment compound of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, June 16, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Gang) " http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-06/16/c_131657185.htm