China's first manned space docking in the Tiangong-1

A Shenzhou-9 Chinese spacecraft with three people on board, including the first Chinese woman, has successfully carried out an automatic space docking mission in the Tiangong-1 mini-spacelab, 343 kilometers (213 miles) above Earth, on Monday.

Liu Yang, China’s first female astronaut

China becomes the third nation to have a manned craft rendezvous and dock with another spacecraft, behind the U.S. and Russia, and is now a step closer to creating a manned space station.

The Shenzhou capsule completed the docking maneuvers shortly after 0600 UTC, with commander Jing Haipeng followed by Liu Wang and Liu Yang, China’s first female astronaut.

via universetoday by Nancy Atkinson