[Beijing, August 30. Image via Getty]

A member of China's first batch of women fighter pilots prepares to board her aircraft during a ceremony with new flight gear designed for women, after using uniforms and helmets made for men, at a People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force base in Beijing on August 30, 2009. China could launch its first woman into space as early as 2012, and the candidate will be were chosen from the first batch of Chinese women qualified to fly fighter jets. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)