She wasn't allowed to have scars or bad teeth — and she's a famed fighter pilot.
She is a "taikonaut," which is what China's English-speaking media calls Chinese astronauts.
She's joining the crew of the Shenzhou-9, blasting off this Saturday.
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She's from Henan, a high-density, low-income province of China.
She used to be a fighter pilot.
At 18, shortly after graduating high school, Yang applied to join the People's Liberation Army. Since then, she's logged 1,680 hours of flight for the PLA and has earned the ranks of major and deputy head of a flight unit.
She's well-regarded in China for her courage.
She's famous for safely landing her fighter jet after a collision with a flock of 18 pigeons left her window covered in blood. China Daily called her a "hero pilot."