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Japanese mom selected for space mission

TOKYO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki has been selected as a crew member on NASA's space shuttle Atlantis in 2010.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency said Yamazaki will be the second Japanese woman and first mother to fly into space. Yamazaki, 37, has a 6-year-old daughter, Kyodo news service reported Wednesday.

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The Atlantis mission is scheduled for February 2010.

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